I really love fruit juice (processed or home-made). There is an abundance of fruit here so it is really, really easy for me to prepare fruit crush or juice out of my favorite fruit, the pineapple.
I was browsing through my daily health news by email and then I find news like this one: Women who were followed for 18 years by a recently published study revealed that there was a higher risk (18% increase to be specific) of Type 2 diabetes among those who had an extra serving of fruit juice a day. What?! Run that to me again please.
Though the study cited it was done among women, I was definitely concerned for I am a heavy fruit juice drinker. I thought this was another instance of “confusing” health news being quite common nowadays.
I read through and found that there were positive news from the study such as the lower incidence of Type 2 diabetes among those who had at least 3 daily servings of fruit and vegetables. An 18% lower risk among those who had these servings and another 9% decrease for those who had an extra serving more of leafy vegetables.
Okay, the study proponents had a plausible explanation for this finding of linking fruit juice consumption to increased risk to Type 2 diabetes. Well, juice is really in liquid form and has concentrated with sugar (fructose and/or sucrose) and is absorbed quickly by the body. Thus, over time, drinking fruit juice might overwhelm and impair the capability of insulin to effectively transport sugar to the cells of the human body.
So its news to caution me on my affinity for fruit juice (drink moderately) and a reminder to us all to eat leafy veggies everyday.
I should take to drinking plain water more often. It has NO calories.