Fruits and Diabetes

Should diabetics eat fresh fruits? The truth be told, this is an old argument, but, I am still not convinced that we understand the truth. I just could not see myself not consuming fruits. I really love fruits and I love them more than I like vegetables. I could eat a rich variety of fruits on a daily basis.

I am sure you can imagine how I felt to see the various articles saying fruits are not recommended for those of us diagnosed with diabetes. Yes, there are a lot of people who say we should be cautious about how we combine fruits and diabetes.

The Journey with Fruits

The journey started in 2016 when I made a decision to rid my life of diabetes and so I mustered up the courage to self-experiment with foods as I tested my blood sugar and paid keen attention to my blood pressure and cholesterol. Fruits and diabetes, could this be a disaster for diabetics?

Later I will share with you discoveries from my self-experiments, but, please allow me to share some information from other articles on said matter, including research findings.

Results from a Study

The Diabetes Times shared results from a study. Please see below for a synopsis of the article posted:

  • The research was done by a team from Oxford University.
  • More than 500, 000 people were included in the study.
  • The study lasted seven (7) years.
  • The participants were from 10 different areas in China.
  • The participants who ate fruits on a daily basis were 12 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
  • People who already had diabetes were included in the studies. They too were in a better position when they consumed fruits for a few days per week.
  • The study concluded that if we consume more fruits on a weekly basis, then we will reduce the risk of diabetes and her complications.
  • The restriction placed on the consumption of fruits by diabetics should not be encouraged. “Fresh fruit has many health benefits and it’s a myth that people with diabetes should not eat it. The type of sugar in whole fruit is different to the added sugar we should avoid…We know that a balanced diet is beneficial for overall health and preventing type 2 diabetes (2017, The Diabetes Times).”

For more information, please click on the links below:

  1. PLOS Medicine.
  2. Sunday Express.

The Fruit Journey Continued and the Results are….

Like I stated above, the thought of not eating fruits for me was frightening. I love fruits, all types of fruits, all colors, and texture, and I could eat fruits all day long.

In May 2016 I started to research and self-experiment and with that came the question, “Am I diabetic because of the fruits I was eating?” I started my journey to find the answer.

I will spare you the detail and jump to the discoveries:

  • Fruits were not the issue. As long as I ate a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, beans and peas (plant-based), my blood pressure, and blood sugar readings edged closer to the normal range.
  • Processed foods were the issue. I deliberately consumed junk foods some days with and without fruits and on the days when I did not eat any fruits, I saw higher blood sugar readings, had vision issues and more pain from my tendinitis issue.
  • I have freer bowel movements when I eat a lot of fruits for the day. The fruits seem to have a greater impact in this department than the vegetables.
  • I lose weight easier when I consume fruits, even mangoes. But this is also accomplished because I generally eat fewer carbs now on a weekly basis. My blood sugar readings are great even when I consume mangoes, as long as I eat whole foods. Click and read about using mangoes to control diabetes.

Sharing is Caring

I dedicated this website to share my experiences with using a lifestyle change to effectively combat diabetes. To date, I am more hopeful on a daily basis. It is great to be losing weight and having a more normal blood pressure and blood sugar most days.

Please be encouraged and do further readings to confirm that diabetes is not a death sentence and that we can change our diagnosis in time. May God richly bless you as you continue the struggle to be diabetic-free.

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  1. // Reply

    Hi Josephine,

    Your website is very interesting and should be a serious eye opener for many people. You and me are attempting to spread the same healthy message to who wants to become or remain healthy. Well done, you are doing a great job!

    Continue having a healthy life Josephine.


    1. // Reply

      Thanks John, I do appreciate your kind words. Yes, we do have a responsibility to spread the good news about living a healthy lifestyle. Let us continue to walk by faith, knowing that we are fulfilling our purposes. All the best and cheers.

  2. // Reply

    What great information! My best friend’s Daughter has diabetes and they are always looking for more information. I will send them to your website. Thanks for sharing all this.

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    I am so glad you brought up the issue of processed foods! While I am not diabetic, I have a number of other health issues going on (fungal infection, nerve pain in my feet, lower back pain, and chronic itching) and the only thing I have found to help combat these issues is a diet consisting of only whole foods. Processed sugar and flour cause flare ups. Its a difficult process to change your lifestyle and eating habits but what could really taste better than feeling great? I’m glad you can still consume fruits because they are so delicious! Thanks for the great article.

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      Katie, I pray that you, over time will be completely healed from all the issues you stated. I have seen a number of things fixed in my body as I continue to eat mainly whole foods. I encourage you to continue to keep making the lifelong changes. You will be healthier and happier in the long run.

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    Thank you for sharing this article and your experience!
    I somehow always knew that fruits are essential for our health, and people with diabetes can eat them.
    Thank you again for this great article! 🙂


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Linda. There is nothing more healing in this world than the fresh whole foods given to us by our creator.

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