Good news for juice lovers and those with type 2 diabetes – the consumption of pure fruit juice does not increase blood sugar levels, and it does not contribute to insulin resistance.
Type 2 Diabetes And The Health Benefits Of Juicing
For a long time there has been debate regarding the consumption of juice, especially in regard to people who suffer from type 2 diabetics or those with pre-diabetes.
To juice or not to juice – this was a tough call to make.
The incredible and significant benefits of juicing cannot be overstated. Juice consumption provides an incredible amount of immediate and lasting energy, and the juice of both fruit and vegetables are loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients – all of which you cannot get from any other food source in such a highly concentrated form.
On the other side of the argument was the potential spike in a diabetic’s blood sugar, which was a very real and dangerous threat to consider. Because of this life-threatening reality, I always recommended a smoothie rather than juice for those with type 2 diabetes.
Now, if you’re scratching your head (as I once did) wondering what the heck the difference is between a juice and a smoothie, you can check out my blog post, The Difference Between A Juice And A Smoothie. There is a very BIG difference between the two.
Study Reveals That Juice Does Not Increase The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
But now, juicers can rejoice because a recent meta-analysis showed that the consumption of “100 percent fruit juice does not have a significant effect on glycaemic control or measures of insulin resistance” and that “100 percent fruit juice is not associated with increased risk of diabetes.”
These were the findings of researchers who reviewed nearly twenty human-based studies with no limits on age, ethnicity, or health status.
Beware Of Bottled Juice
Just a reminder that these conclusions were based on pure fruit juice.
It’s important to note that many bottled juices contain added sugar, which will spike blood sugar levels. Bottled fruit juice is also void of many of the disease-preventative substances mentioned above due to the processing methods and time lapse from production to consumption.
Therefore, it’s always best to drink fresh juice that was made with the lowest RPM juicer possible, preferably a twin-gear, masticating juicer rather than what’s known as a centrifugal juicer. And, for strictly citrus fruit juice, a hand press is optimal. These are the two appliances I personally have and recommend, but there are many other affordable, quality machines on the market: