Eating fresh fruit can cut our risk of developing diabetes by 12%, astudy by Oxford University has shown. As consumption of sugar has become an increasing concern, we have become more confused about whether fruit is really that good for us, as it generally contains higher sugar content than vegetables.
The type of sugar in fruit is different to the added sugar we should avoid, so we should not avoid fruit altogether. Fruit contains healthy fibre and vitamins and eating a moderate amount each day does not raise blood sugar, probably because the glucose and fructose in fruit are metabolised differently from refined sugars found in many processed foods. Berries, apples, oranges and pears were found to be more beneficial than tropical fruit, bananas and grapes.
Earlier studies had suggested fruit may increase the risk of diabetes, but these studies included fruit juice. The Food Standards Agency still suggest only one glass of 150ml fruit juice a day, as sugars in juice are released more rapidly into the blood.