Diet and Nutrition

Alternative Drinks for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Alternative Drinks for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Alternative Drinks for People with Type 2 Diabetes

New research suggests the old adage “You are what you eat” may need to be amended to add “and what you drink.” Scientists from the University of Navarra, Spain conducted a study over a period of ten years which strongly correlates bottled juices to the development of type 2 diabetes, “Significantly, a direct link was found between a daily intake of bottled juice drinks and diabetes, with a 33 per cent increase for each additional serving per day of bottled juice” (Woodfield). Conversely, the risk of type 2 diabetes decreased for the participants who drank water or fresh fruit juice, especially orange juice, “When bottled juice was replaced with water, the reduction in risk was 25 per cent; when substituted for fresh juice, the risk was reduced by 35 per cent; and when substituted with fresh orange juice, the risk reduction was 44 per cent” (Woodfield). While extensive studies and information have covered the considerable topic of food, these research findings suggest ample attention should be paid to beverage as well.