AN apple a day can slash diabetes risk by a quarter, research reveals.
Scientists followed 23,000 adults across eight European countries including the UK.
They found type 2 diabetes risk fell by 25 per cent for every 66g of fruit and veg a person ate each day.
The NHS recommends five 80g portions daily — an apple, banana, two spears of broccoli or seven cherry tomatoes.
Those people who ate the most fruit and veg slashed their risk by half compared to abstainers, said the British Medical Journal study.
Experts assessed intake by examining blood levels for vitamin C and carotenoids — which give plants their colour.
Cambridge University’s Nita Forouhi said: “People think public health messaging goals are unachievable.
“But just one extra portion of fruit or veg — about an apple — can reduce risk. Plant foods are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre which all affect diabetes and cancer.”
A US study found adults who ate most wholegrains had a 29 per cent lower chance of type 2.
Diabetes UK said the studies prove that small increases help lower risk.
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