My Patients Ask — Do I have to eat 4 servings of fruit a day?

Well, you don’t have to. Certainly, a daily intake of four servings of fruits and five servings of vegetables is what’s recommended for improving your quality and quantity of life. But even some are better than none, as shown in a recent study.

A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that individuals who consumed at least two servings of fruit every day had a 36 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared with those who consumed less than half a serving of fruit.

Not only that, they had greater measures of insulin sensitivity.

However, the beneficial effects of fruit on diabetes and insulin sensitivity were only associated with fruit intake, and not with fruit juice intake.

In other words, a healthy diet including whole fruits, but not fruit juice, may play a role in reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.

The findings were based on data from 7,675 people in Australia.


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