The Mystery Shopper's Question: "My husband / son / daughter / mum / work colleague has got diabetes, what types of fruit/vegetables would be recommend they eat?"
For answers, the Mystery Shopper first visited the retailer's website and, then, posed the question to local produce department personnel. Here are the Mystery Shopper's notes....
What the website says: Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that affects around 382 million people worldwide and is expected to rise by 55% to 592 million by the year 2035 (IDF, 2014). It is a disease that is dependent upon the body’s ability to produce and make use of the hormone insulin, which controls the level of sugar in the blood.
Diabetes can increase the risk of developing further health complications through consistently high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia), which can cause damage to different areas of the body. Heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and even limb amputation can all be caused by Diabetes.
Currently, type I Diabetes cannot be prevented. However, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce your chances of developing type II Diabetes:
Maintain a healthy weight
Increase physical activity
Eat a well-balanced diet
How Swindon in-store staff responded: Member of staff asked just said he didn't know, "fruit's fruit" but he was not sure.