A recent study conducted by the HarvardSchool of Public Health linked consumption of whole fruits with a significantlyreduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The researchers examined a collection of datagathered between 1984 and 2008 involving over 100,000 patients. Looking atoverall fruit consumption, as well as consumption of single fruits, the studyfound that those who ate two or more servings each week of certain whole fruits– blueberries, grapes and apples in particular – reduced their risk ofdeveloping type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent. In comparison, those who consumed less thanone serving per month, or consumed one or more servings of fruit juiceincreased their risk by 21percent.
While previous studies observing the effectsof fruit consumption in relation to diabetes prevention or development havebeen mixed, the Harvard study provided reliable evidence that consuming certainfruits on a regular basis may be beneficial in attempting to reduce the risk.
Numerous studies have linked diet rich infruits and vegetables to improved health and reduction in particulardiseases. Type 2 diabetes accounts forapproximately 90-95 percent of all cases and is typically with obesity andolder age. Many studies indicate thedisease is completely preventable with the right diet and recommended weeklyphysical activity.
In addition to preventing type 2 diabetes, researchalso showed that consumption of whole fruits and berries also lowered heartattack risk, and risk of certain cancers. Fruits recommended in the studyincluded peaches, pears, cantaloupe, strawberries and bananas; all easy andtasty things to incorporate into any diet.
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