Can eating too much fruit cause diabetes?

Pregnant woman holding fruit plate

A bad idea?

Can eating too much fruit cause diabetes?

According to a new study, eating plenty of fruit during pregnancy was strongly associated with developing gestational diabetes.1 Women eating lots of fruit had almost an almost 400% percent increase in risk of developing diabetes!

Scientific reports: Excessive fruit consumption during the second trimester is associated with increased likelihood of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective study

As usual, this kind of observational study do not prove causation, but the massive effect in this case (a 400 percent increase in risk!) is hard to explain away.

Fruit is full of sugar, so the connection shouldn’t be too surprising. And while fruit is considered very natural, the fruit you find in the supermarket today has been grown to be both bigger and sweeter than it used to be in nature.

So if you have, or are at risk of developing diabetes, it’s likely smart to limit your consumption of sugary fruits. Check out our guide below for the worst and best kinds of fruit on a low-carb diet.



What fruits and vegetables looked like before

  1. Gestational diabetes = diabetes during pregnancy.

One comment

  1. Wally
    If thats the case perhaps the 3rd trimester is an especially labile period.

    As a now retired diabetes research I recall the popularity of certain diabetes model, which if any thing was shown to it would develop diabetes and people would leap and down congratulatingtehy'd found tye cause diabetes. Until they tried it on normal population and it had no effect.

    As separate observation I eat plenty of fruit as type 1 diabetic. The fibre is excellent. But then I'm not on a keto diet. But I have within BMI tolerance for normal healthy weight. However I avoid mangoes as they taste extrenly sweet. I do know that they are but just in case.

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