Don’t avoid fruit because of its sugar content, even if you have diabetes. People should limit their intake of sugars added to processed foods, but needn’t worry about the sugar found naturally in fruit, which also supplies fiber and nutrients.
In a recent Danish study in Nutrition Journal, overweight subjects newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were given dietary advice designed to help them lose weight; half were told to limit fruit intake, the other half to eat at least two pieces of fruit a day. After 12 weeks, both groups lost a similar amount of weight, and there were no differences in measures of blood sugar.
Some previous studies found that fruit actually helps people lose more weight.