Posted by: Chris Maloney | September 4, 2013

Fruit Juice Raises Diabetes Risk, Fruit Lowers It?

Fruit Platter

Fruit Platter (Photo credit: Matthew Kenwrick)

In disturbing news, drinking fruit juice raises the risk of type II Diabetes by as much as 21%. But eating those same fruits as fruit dropped the risk of Diabetes by 23%.

The key finding here is that when you convert one food into another much more rapidly absorbed form, the nutritional benefits do not stay the same.  The other is that when you add a sweetener (high-fructose corn syrup is commonly added to fruit juices), you negate any benefit that a person is receiving.

So what is a conscientious person to do? Eat more fruits and vegetables, As fruits and vegetables.  The verdict for fast food as been in for a long, long, time.  It’s fast, and it’s bad for you.  If you can get it through a window, just throw it out the other one.

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Responses

  1. Thanks for the post, Chris. It really is important that people understand just how much sugar can be in fruit juice (as it can often be as much as soft drink). There is definitely a common misconception that fruit juice is a “healthy option,” but this is certainly not always the case. As you say, it is much better to eat fruit and vegetables as opposed to juicing them. If you eat your fruit, you’ll get all the vitamins, minerals and fibre they contain. Juice, on the other hand, contains almost all of the sugar, and almost none of the fibre.

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting. I think it goes to the core argument about whether fruit is good for you or bad for you if you have a chronic condition. It can be good, but in moderation in its original form.

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  4. Thanks! I try.


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