Drinking fruit juice may increase diabetes risk

Drinking fruit juice may increase diabetes risk

A day without orange juice just might be a day further away from a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

When researchers at Tulane School of Public Health analyzed dietary and medical records in more than 70,000 subjects enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study, they produced these results:

The addition of three daily servings of whole fruit was linked to an 18 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes

When one additional serving of leafy green vegetables was added, risk was cut by 9 percent

One additional daily serving of fruit juice INCREASED type 2 diabetes risk by 18 percent

As William Campbell Douglass II, M.D., has frequently pointed out in his Daily Dose e- letter, many types of fruit juices (such as orange, grapefruit and grape juices) contain as much sugar per serving as soda-pop. And studies confirm that high intake of these juices may help promote weight gain.

Dr. Lydia A. Bazzano, the lead author of the Tulane study, explained to Reuters Health, “It’s a big sugar load and comes in a liquid form which is absorbed rapidly.”

Dr. Douglass adds that apple juice and cranberry juices (that is, REAL juices – not products with added sugars) have a far better sugar/nutrients ratio than citrus and grape- based juices.

“Fruit Juice Tied to Modest Rise in Diabetes Risk” Anne Harding, Reuters Health, 7/11/08, reutershealth.com
“News From the New World Heavyweight Champion” William Campbell Douglass II, M.D., Daily Dose, 4/9/07, douglassreport.com