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BREAKING NEWS in the Field of Medicine, Nutrition, Nutraceuticals, and Pharmaceuticals

Issue 105 
July 24, 2008


American Diabetes Association 
Ties Fruit Juices to Diabetes

Surprising new research has shown that fruit juice drinks greatly increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. 


“Stay away from fruit juice drinks” was the message delivered in relation to the study published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).


The American Diabetes Association (ADA) published the results of a study of over 4,500 people to help determine factors associated with the risk of diabetes. Researchers found that: “An additional daily serving of fruit juice increased the likelihood of developing diabetes by 18 percent”


In response to the ADA publication, diabetes researchers stated, “This is a significant finding, particularly because of the large subject pool studied, and the high rate of risk linking fruit juice drinks and diabetes risk.” 


The most popular new designer fruit juice drinks are made from a variety of fruits, including Noni, Goji, Mangosteen, Acai, Amalaki, and Jujube. All these fruits, as well as any other fruit, carry the risk of increasing obesity and type 2 diabetes due to their glycemic response, Cephalic response (CPIR), and fat-storing response.


Fruits in a liquid, juiced state have very different obesity and diabetic risk factors than actual raw fruit. Juicing fruits completely changes the nature of a fruit, altering its metabolic actions. Low Glycemic raw fruits may be consumed in moderation, but juiced fruits should be avoided.


This is especially true in children, as adipose tissue fat cells can be triggered to increase in size and amount during childhood. Fruit juices send a message to human fat cells to become larger and more abundant, leading to higher incidence of obesity and diabetes.


Triggering adipose tissue fat cells in childhood is a sure way to create an obese and/or diabetic adult, as these types of fat cells cannot be removed once they are created. Dieting becomes an extreme challenge once a child has developed too many fat cells, as fat cells can only be flattened but not reduced in number. Adults who find that diets don’t work, can blame the excess plethora of fat cells that were created in childhood.


Designer fruit juices became popular due to their high-ORAC values. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, as related to the Free Radical Theory of Aging. Many fruits carry phytochemical benefits, but researchers caution that “The benefits of high-ORAC fruits do not overcome the high risk of obesity and diabetes associated with ingestion of fruit juices. High-ORAC antioxidants can be found in spices, berries, and legumes.


According to the 2007 United States Department of Agriculture List of ORAC Values for Foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains possess high ORAC values.


In order to legally define or state the propensity of a specific fruit juice to elevate obesity, diabetes, and fat-storage risks in human, human In-Vivo clinical trials are required. These trials should be designed to determine glycemic response (per FDA 21 CFR Guidelines), Cephalic (Brain-Glycemic-indexing) Response, and Adipose Tissue Fat-Storage.


The Glycemic Research Institute has received Certification by the federal governments in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom to conduct these approved trials, and has a 25-year history of FDA & FTC claims substantiation.

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