Fruit Juice consumption shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes

Recent research from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has shown that fruit juice consumption is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

So why is this? My clients are always surprised when I ask them to restrict their consumption of fruit juice. ‘But isn’t it healthy?’ they always protest.’Surely a drink can’t be contributing to my weight gain?’

The problem with fruit juice is that it is a source of concentrated sugars which are released very quickly into the blood stream. Up to 8 pieces of fruit may be used to produce an average glass of orange juice yet how many of us would eat 8 oranges in one go?

When our blood sugar level rises quickly our body reacts to bring the levels back within a healthy range, but if we are constantly eating foods high in fast releasing sugars(both natural and refined)this mechanism starts to break down leading ultimately to the development of diabetes. Eating whole fruits such as apples and oranges has much less effect on our blood sugar levels as the fibre in fruit slows down the digestion and the sugar is absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream.

If you’d like to know more about controlling your blood sugar levels to help with weight loss and to lower your risk of developing diabetes contact us on 01727 764 832

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