Note from Connie: While working on my book SUGAR SHOCK!, researchers told me that eating whole fruits was preferable to drinking fruit juice. Now comes a study in Diabetes Care, which finds that just one one additional serving of fruit juice daily may increase a woman’s risk of getting diabetes. Jennifer brings you the info.
Tulane University’s Lydia Bazzano, M.D., Ph.D. and her team drew these conclusions by analyzing data from the well-known Nurses’ Health Study, which is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Interestingly, the USDA says people can consume 100% fruit juice (orange, grapefruit, or apple) to meet their recommended daily allowance for fruits, Dr. Bazzano and her co-authors note. But that doesn’t seem like such a great idea, given this study’s findings.
On the positive side, Dr. Bazzano and her colleagues found that eating three additional servings of fresh fruit or one extra serving of leafy green vegetables daily was linked with a lower risk of diabetes.
Hat tip to Anne Harding of Reuters Health for her report on this research. Now, off to the refrigerator for some yummy fresh fruit!
Jennifer Moore for SUGAR SHOCK! Blog