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.

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