Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on September 27, 2013 @ 7:15PM
Created on September 27, 2013 @ 4:43PM
We always hear how a healthy diet will help you have a healthy life, especially sticking to fruits and vegetables. A recent study showed the benefits of various fruits could help lower the risk of getting type II diabetes.
The important fact here is whole fruits could help, not fruit juices. To really understand how this is possible, you first have to understand exactly what diabetes is.
Diabetes is simply when your body has lost the ability to regular your blood sugar. There are two types, I and II. Type I is when your body lacks insulin and it's usually diagnosed at a young age. Type II is diagnosed at an older age and can be controlled by the foods we eat. Whole fruits are high in fiber and antioxidants that help your body, while fruit juices do not. A doctor over at UHC said dark fruits are richer and the outer layer that is usually not included in juices are very good for you.
"Any whole fruit is a healthy part of a diet, but the study specifically found a correlation with blueberries, grapes, and apples. So it goes back to the old story that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The real moral of this study is give up your juice for the real thing," said Dr. Mark Povroznik, Quality Care Officer at UHC.
With those fruit juices that say they're 100% fruit, doctors say they can be deceiving because they still lack fiber and are high in sugar.
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