Are you a diabetic? Are you keeping fruit juices aside from your diet chart? Then the latest research published in the Journal of Nutritional Science will give you all reasons to cheer.
The study, led by a group of researchers from Centre for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety in the US has found that drinking 100 percent juice may not increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It's been long that people avoid having fruit juices as it may result in sugar spikes in their blood.
However, the study suggests that one hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance.
The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and support a growing body of evidence that it has no significant effect on glycaemic control.
A comprehensive data analysis by researchers quantitatively assessed the relationship between drinking 100 percent 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 percent 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.
Dietary guidelines recommend consumption of a healthy eating pattern which includes fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and a variety of protein foods.
A nearly 120-millilitre glass of 100 percent juice counts as one serving (half cup) of fruit, and can complement whole fruit to help individuals add more produce to their diets, researchers said.
(With PTI inputs)