Diabetes Risk: Fruits vs. Veggies

Dr. Fuhrman emailed me this the other day. It shows the differences between fruits and vegetables when it comes to diabetes-prevention. From NutraIngredients-USA:
A higher intake of vegetables, rich sources of fibre, antioxidants, and magnesium, may reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by almost 30 per cent, suggests a new study.

On the flip side of the coin, however, an increased consumption of fruit was not associated with any benefits, according to the study with 64,191 middle-aged Chinese women published in the new issue of the Journal of Nutrition.

"Our study adds to the limited and conflicting data of the associations between fruit and vegetable intake and the risk of type-2 diabetes," wrote lead author Raquel Villegas from Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center.

"A higher intake of vegetables, rich in fibre, antioxidants, and magnesium and with a low glycemic index, was associated with a decreased risk of type-2 diabetes."

The authors, including researchers from the Shanghai Cancer Institute and the Diabetes Research and Training Center in Nashville, recruited the women (aged between 40 and 70) and, using a food-frequency questionnaire, report they had average fruit and vegetable intakes of 239.4 and 236.0 grams per day, respectively.
I know from talking with Dr. Fuhrman. That he advises diabetics to eat more veggies than fruit, but, he does encourage blueberries—lots of blueberries!
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LLouise - February 28, 2008 2:59 PM

Would Dr. F. say that this is good for the rest of us, non-diabetics too?

I used to eat a lot of fruit. There is no comparison how much healthier I've become since adopting Eat To Live's high-green veg diet, though. I don't even crave fruit any longer; though, I do eat fruit every day, per ETL recommendations, and I still love my fruit :).

Joanne Fitzwilson - August 8, 2008 7:50 PM

I'm having trouble finding a glycemic
list of most the fruits and veggies.
Can you help me?

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