Fruit juice linked to increased diabetes risk

May 12, 2008 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Healthy Eating, Nutrition Topics in the News, Women's Health

Fruit juice linked to increased diabetes risk

Drinking fruit juice instead of eating green vegetables and whole fruit may boost the risk of type 2 diabetes in women, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

In this study,  more than 73,000 women were followed for 18 years as a part of the Nurses' Health Study.

Those who added three servings of whole fruit to their daily diet lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by 18 percent. Eating one additional serving of green vegetables each day lowered diabetes risk by 9 percent. 

In contrast, drinking one extra serving of fruit juice was found to increase risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of age, body weight or family history of diabetes.

Fruit juice may be viewed as a healthier drink choice because, unlike pop, it contains vitamins and minerals - and one-half cup (125 ml) of  juice counts as a Food Guide serving of vegetables and fruits.

But some fruit juices have a sugar content that rivals that of soft drinks and, as this study's author notes, many women drink fruit punches instead of 100% fruit juices. 

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about six percent of Canadian women between the ages of 45 and 65 have type 2 diabetes. Compared to women without diabetes, women with type 2 diabetes have an 8-fold increase in risk of heart disease.  

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