An Apple a Day Really Does Keep Diabetes Away

On one sunny day in Miami a few years ago, I was stuffing my face with fresh papaya. I had an entire bowl before me and ate at a pace that might have told my coworkers that I hadn’t eaten in a very long time.

One woman timidly approached me and warned me that too much fruit could cause diabetes.

Broken from my papaya-induced trance, I looked up at her with wide eyes and a crushed heart.

It couldn’t be true.

Luckily for me, she was wrong.

But this advice is so common that many people avoid eating fruit altogether for fear of diabetes.

The worst part of all is that it is not only wrong but the exact opposite of the truth!

In fact, the more fruit you eat, the less likely you are to have diabetes. Plain and simple.

Even more impressive is that eating fresh fruit every single day can significantly reduce your mortality rate by a whopping 17%!

Don’t believe me that fruit is actually good for you?

One study looked at the diets of 500,000 people in China. They measured their fruit intake and their blood glucose levels.

The results were overwhelmingly consistent.

The consumption of fruit was absolutely not correlated with a spike in blood sugar. In fact, there was an inverse correlation between the two, meaning that the more fruit they ate, the lower their blood glucose levels.

Imagine that!

If you’re worried about consuming fruit even though there is plenty of evidence that it is good for you, consider eating those with a low glycemic load.

The following fruits have low glycemic loads:

  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

Or maybe you’re interested in fruit that has been found to help diabetics:

  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Oranges

Fruit not only doesn’t harm you but it can also defend you against diabetes. So whatever strikes your fancy, go ahead and eat up!

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