You might have heard about papaya’s probiotic powers, or the mega-nutritous (and protein-packed) jackfruit—but usually when nutrition pros talk about fruit, they’re advising you choose from the low-sugar options (and definitely skip the dried variety altogether).
But according to a new study, nature’s candy may reduce the risk for developing diabetes.
The observational study, published in PLOS Medicine, tracked the health and diet of more than 500,000 adults in China for seven years. It found that those without diabetes at the start who ate fresh fruit daily were found to have a 12 percent lower risk of developing the disease than those who ate none.
“The sugar in fruit is not the same as…