Whole Fruits for Health

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Story Updated: Sep 3, 2013

Worried about diabetes? You may want to head right over to the fruit section of the supermarket. A new study led by researchers at Harvard found that eating whole fruits, especially apples, grapes and blueberries, can lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Three different long running studies were examined, including more than 1-hundred-87 thousand people.12-thousand-198 participants developed diabetes during the study period that spanned more than two decades. Both fruit consumption and fruit juice consumption was tracked. Those who ate at least two servings a week of whole fruits...particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by as much as 23-percent compared to those who ate less than one serving per month.

Fruit juice didn't fare as well. One or more juice drinks a day increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 21-percent.

The researchers say more study is needed to figure out exactly what part of the fruit makes it such a diabetes fighter.

II'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV bringing you another ounce of prevention.

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