Eating whole fruits such as blueberries, grapes, and apples is significantly associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart attack.
In contrast, drinking fruit juices was found to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Previous research has also found certain fruits such as berries and grapes lowered the risk of heart attack.
There are a few key ways to maximize the benefits of these superfoods:
- Avoid fruit juices, as these have less nutrients and more sugars then whole fruits.
- Swap at least 3 weekly servings of fruit juice with a serving of fruit instead.
- Eat the skins of whole fruits to get the most fiber and nutrients.
TIP: Try to eat at least 2 cups of fruit daily. Avoid fruit juices! A smoothie with fruit is a great way to start your day.