By Kennedy Shelley
Sugary soft drinks have been long suspected to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
But new research is showing that the “natural” fruit juice may do the same thing.
And surprisingly drinks with no sugar at all may have the same effect.
Many people think that if they avoid sugar filled soft drinks, they can avoid type 2 diabetes.
If you were counting on 100% no sugar added pure juice to keep you healthy, you are in trouble.
Research keeps showing that carbohydrates, especially sugar in its various forms increases the insulin response.
The hormone tends to increase fat storage and sets up metabolic syndrome, or pre-diabetes.
To find out more about how this all happens, see this article in Freedom Health News.
Just how big is this increased risk of diabetes? A 16% increase.
The study was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Fudan University in China.
Basically, they checked to see what the result of increasing juice consumption by half a serving over the course of four years is. That small amount was enough to increase type 2 diabetes by 16%.
Surprisingly, this effect was also there for those who used diet drinks without sugar.
While the study did not show how this happens, they reviewed the data from Nurse’s Health Study which tracked women, diet, and health from 1986 to 2012.
Over 76,000 women participated in the study.
The participants were asked how often then consumed certain foods. They also asked what beverages they drank.
The plan was to follow them and see what the results of food choices were on their health over time.
The link between sugary soft drink users to type 2 diabetes became very clear in the course of the study.
But these researchers looked at the data again to study those who drank fruit juices and diet drinks.
Not surprising, the so called natural, no sugar added fruit juices created a similar increase in diabetes risk as a sugary soft drink.
Sugar is sugar.
It increases insulin in the blood, which results in inflammation. While the food industry tries to hide added sugars by changing the names of different chemicals, it is all insulin producing sugar. See this article in Freedom Health News to see what hidden sugars are in your foods.
And it doesn’t take much fruit juice to cause a problem.
Just four ounces a day over four years is enough to cause a 16% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
But increasing artificially flavored beverages increases diabetes risk by 18%.
How does diet soda increase your risk?
The answer to that question is less clear.
It could be that many of participants who quit drinking sugary drinks and started doing diet sodas my have also added carbohydrates to their diets in other forms.
The food pyramid diet recommendations from the US Government recommended a low-fat diet high in “whole grains” pasta and potatoes.
All of these increase insulins in the blood too.
Freedom Health News has been following the effect of fake sugar and your health for quite a while.
The good news is that unsweetened drinks such as water, coffee, and tea result in a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Until more data comes in, it looks like non-sweet drinks are your best bet.