Most dietary recommendations for type 2 diabetics suggest eating fiber-rich foods including fruit. That’s because fruit is healthy and has been shown to improve artery function and reduce cancer risk. However, some health professionals restrict the amount of fruit they recommend because they’re worried about the sugar content of fruit.
But what does the research say? In one study conducted in Denmark, type 2 diabetics were put into two groups. The objective was to investigate whether an advice to reduce the intake of fruit to patients with type 2 diabetes affects HbA1c (Glycated hemoglobin), bodyweight, and waist circumference.
One group was told to eat a minimum of two pieces of fruit a day, and the other was told to eat no more than two pieces of fruit a day. There were no positive effects or weight changes in the group that had reduced their fruit intake. As per the study, the intake of fruit should not be restricted in patients with type 2 diabetes. There were also no positive effects on HbA1c or waist circumference in the reduced-fruit group.)
The conclusion of the study was that intake of fruit had no effect on HbA1c, weight loss or waist circumference. The study recommended that the intake of fruit should not be restricted in patients with type 2 diabetes.