London: A new research has found that drinking fruit juice can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to US scientists, fruit juice lacks fibre and contains high sugar, which may increase the risk of the condition. Read: Five important tests and check-ups for people living with diabetes
Diabetes patients should not replace high-sugar beverages with fruit juice, in an attempt to cater toward their condition, Express.co.uk reported.
“Intake of fruit juices was positively associated with the incidence of type 2 diabetes. The rapid delivery of a large sugar load, without any other components that are a part of whole fruits, may be an important mechanism by which fruit juices could contribute to the development of diabetes,” said the study carried out by the scientists from Harvard and Tulane universities. Read: Eight factors that determine if one is prone to diabetes
Eating whole fruit and leafy green vegetables, which have low energy density and are rich in fibre and micronutrients, reduce the risk of developing the condition.
Fruit juice has most of its fibre removed when being manufactured, which makes it easy to drink large quantities in one sitting.
Diabetes UK said it was a good idea to drink only one small glass of fruit juice a day.
“We know that too much of our sugar intake is coming from juices and smoothies, so it makes sense to cut down. The good news is that we are not eating enough fruit, so this is something you can eat more of,” the scientists added.
Symptoms of diabetes include having an unquenchable thirst, feeling very tired, unexplained weight loss, and blurred vision.