Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Eating Whole Fruits Instead of Juice Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Eating Whole Fruits Instead of Juice Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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A study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers Into US diets has found that the risk of type 2 diabetes can be significantly reduced by consuming more whole fruits, such as apples and blueberries. This Is the first study to look at the effects different types of fruit, and fruit juice, can have on diabetes risk.

The Investigation found that of the 187,382 participants studied from 1984 to 2008, those who ate at least 2 servings of whole fruits per week reduced their risk of getting type 2 diabetes In later life by as much as 23%, when compared with those Individuals who ate less than one serving per month. Although certain fruits were seen to be more beneficial than others (apples, grapes and blueberries), whole fruit consumption In general saw positive results. This was not the case, however, with fruit juice: regular consumption of fruit juices was seen to be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes - by as much as 21 % when one or more servings were consumed per day.

The differences In the effects of whole fruits versus fruit juices could be due to the fact that juices generally contain less of the beneficial compounds found In whole fruits because of the processing they have to go through to become juice. …

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