Diabetic? Don't fall for the big fruit scare

Q: There was recently an article in a German newspaper claiming that eating apples could give you diabetes. This can't be true, right?

G.R.: I actually get questions on fruit and diabetes all the time.

Basically, there are two types of diabetes warnings that often circulate about fruit.

One warning claims the pesticides used on fruit can give you diabetes. The other warning concerns the sugar content of fruit.

Let's start with the pesticides warning, because that's actually legitimate. There's a significant body of research proving that the more you are exposed to pesticides, the higher your diabetes risk.

That's why it's always a good idea to buy organic fruit whenever you can. And if you can't buy organic, make sure you scrub your fruit thoroughly.

As far as fruit being some dangerous sugar bomb, I'm not buying it. Even the American Diabetes Association doesn't advise diabetics against eating fruit.

Diabetics should just account for the calories and carbs in the fruit you eat, just like you would anything else in your diet.

Plus, fruits like apples are loaded with fiber, quercetin, antioxidants, and lots of other components that have a healthy effect on our blood sugar.

The fact is, the more fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, the healthier you'll be. Again, just try to buy organic.

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