People at risk for diabetes are often told to stay away from fruits due to their natural sugar content. But a new scientific study1 has shown that one fruit could offer potential benefits to folks who have a risk of diabetes, cardiovascular issues, and other health problems.
This study took a random group of 32 adults between the ages of 28 and 60, and tested the effects of adding raspberries to their breakfast for three days. The adults had their blood tested to check for glucose levels, a key metric for diabetes and other cardiovascular issues.
The three breakfast meals were similar in terms of calories and nutrients, but the difference was in the amount of raspberries included. One meal had zero raspberries, another had one cup of raspberries, and the third meal contained two cups.
The researchers found that as the number of raspberries eaten increased, the individuals at risk for diabetes required less insulin to manage their blood glucose.
Britt Burton-Freeman, Ph.D., the director at the Center for Nutrition Research at Illinois Tech, had this to say: “People at risk for diabetes are often told to not eat fruit because of their sugar content. However, certain fruits – such as red raspberries – not only provide essential micronutrients, but also components such as anthocyanins, which give them their red color. For people who are at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health risks, knowing what foods have protective benefits and working them into your diet now can be an important strategy for slowing or reversing progression to disease.”
Of course, this research is still preliminary. More tests will need to be done to determine the precise effects of adding raspberries to your diet. Still, it’s encouraging to see such great potential for such a simple – and delicious – food.
1Burton-Freeman, B.; Brailovsky, Y.; Fareed, J.; Edirisinghe, I.; Zhu, L.; Xiao, D.. Attenuation of Postmeal Metabolic Indices with Red Raspberries in Individuals at Risk for Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obesity. Feb 14 2019.