Drinking 100% fruit juice does not raise blood sugar levels, according to a study. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and supports a growing body of evidence that 100% fruit juice has no significant effect on glycemic control. Previous research had said that the rapid delivery of a large sugar load from juices, without other components of whole fruits, could contribute to the development of diabetes.
A comprehensive data analysis quantitatively assessed the relationship between drinking 100% juice and blood glucose control. Using fasting blood glucose and fasting blood insulin levels as biomarkers for diabetes risk, the systematic review and meta-analysis included 18 randomised controlled trials (RCT) to evaluate the impact of 100% juice from fruits, such as apple, berry, citrus, grape, and pomegranate.
Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body is unable to respond to insulin. The first line of defence for preventing and treating Type 2 Diabetes is following a healthy lifestyle. Eating right, exercising regularly and staying at a healthy weight are encouraged. A 120ml (approx.) glass of 100% juice counts as one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit, and can complement whole fruit to help individuals add more produce to their diets. The findings have been published in the Journal of Nutritional Science.