The short answer to this question is no. However, that does not mean that people with type 2 diabetes should avoid fruit - just that fruit, as with other carbohydrates, should be eaten in moderation.
All healthy diets, including diets for people with diabetes, should include whole fruit since fruits are great sources of many essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that provide a lot of health benefits.
Fruit May Help Keep Weight Gain At Bay
In fact, eating fruit may actually help stop weight gain. A 2004 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who reported eating less fat, fewer fatty foods, and more fruit gained less weight and had lower body fat.
We are born with a predisposition to the taste of sugar. Although eliminating (or limiting) processed sweets such as doughnuts, cakes, and candy is a great idea, trying to eliminate all sweet foods from your diet may backfire. When you get the urge for something sweet, whole fruit is an excellent choice.
Monitor Your Blood Glucose to Determine What is Right For You
As to how fruit might affect blood glucose levels, that's different for each person, since the type of fruit, what else was eaten along with the fruit, and the amount consumed, and other unique factors all play a part.
For example, it might take two plums to increase the blood glucose levels significantly for one person, but for another person, the same increase might happen after just eating one. Additionally, eating fruit with protein and/or fat at the same meal helps to protect you from a rapid rise in blood glucose by slowing absorption.
Berries and citrus fruits (in particular grapefruit) should be high on your favored fruit list. Berries are generally a good source of fiber and have a high antioxidant and nutritional profile. Studies show half a grapefruit per day may help with weight loss.
Keep Dried Fruit and Fruit Juice to a Minimum
A note of caution regarding dried fruits and fruit juices: go for the whole, fresh fruit whenever possible. In the case of dried fruits, the concentration of sugar is too high. With fruit juices, too much of the whole food fiber and related nutrients have been removed, which concentrates the sugars.