Raisins and Diabetes

A recent study showed that a 100 calorie serving of raisins had a similar glycemic response than that of an equivalent serving of bananas or grapes, and a lower plasma insulin response. In this study, fasting type 2 diabetics randomly received 100 calorie servings of white bread, bananas, Thompson seedless grapes, or raisins on each of four separate lab visits. Blood glucose and plasma insulin were measured before and after 30, 60 and 120 minuts of eating the snacks. There was no difference in the glycemic response to the raisin, banana or grape snacks. The study authors concluded that the faborable glycemic and insulin response, coupled with the extended shelf-life and portability of raisins, make raisins an attractive choice for improving fruit consumption among type 2 diabetics.

T. Wilson, J. Anderson, K. Andersen, R. Heimerman, M.Larson, M. Freeman and S.Baker, "Glycemic Response of Type 2 Diabetics to Raisins," Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 8, 2012, pp. 1162-1166.