Should fruit be avoided when avoiding sugar?
Fruit has tremendous benefits. Not only do they taste delicious, they benefit your health as they are fibre-rich, filled with antioxidants, and are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and even some cancer types.
Time and time again people decide to cut out fruit as they are trying to get healthier or lose weight by reducing sugar intake. There are even health professionals that are concerned over fruit intake for people with type 2 diabetes, as it may negatively affect their sugar levels.
But is there truth to this? It seems like a logical explanation, but is processed sugar comparable to fruit sugar?
A recent study looked at 63 adults with type 2 diabetes where they were divided into 2 groups and asked to: 1) eat at least 2 fruit/day or 2) eat no more than 2 fruit/day for 12 weeks.
There was no statistical difference in sugar levels, waist circumference, or weight. Although not statistically significant, reduced sugar levels, weight, and waist circumference were seen in those who consumed more fruit. This is the opposite you would see with regular sugar.
This study concludes that since there was no increase in weight gain, waist circumference, and sugar levels, fruit intake should not be restricted as there are so many beneficial effects.
Life’s a bowl of cherries- don’t fret over its sugar :)
Disclaimer: It is important to note that this was only in participants with type 2 diabetes, and should not be generalizable. If you strongly feel that fruit is negatively influencing your health, these results may not be applicable to you.