Cut the Fruit Juice!

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It can be very confusing being a consumer in this world. We know that fruit is good for us. When we read a label of a fruit juice it says ” 2 servings of fruit”. Most people assume this satisfies some of your “fruit requirement for the day”.  This is not really true because you are getting the SUGAR of the fruit, but not the FIBER that aids in metabolizing it. In fact, drinking fruit juice can hurt your health.

According to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers, greater consumption of fruit juices was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. “People who ate at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits — particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent in comparison to those who ate less than one serving per month. Conversely, those who consumed one or more servings of fruit juice each day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 21 percent. The researchers found that swapping three servings of juice per week for whole fruits would result in a 7 percent reduction in diabetes risk”

The bottom line: You are better off eating the whole fruit. Eating whole fruit can significantly decrease your diabetes risk.

Source:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/08/reduce-type-2-diabetes-risk/

 



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