For a long time, it has been speculated that sugar from all types of sources can increase the risk of diabetes type II. Such generalization led us to blame natural sugars from fruits along with artificial sugar in soda as the culprits that raise the odds of developing diabetes.
An extensive amount of research clears that artificial sugars cause more harm in contrast with natural sugars. A recent review has to add more to this matter though. The study, published in the Journal BMJ, has learned that the fructose (simple sugar) from fruit, fruit juices, and other natural sources is less likely to increase the risk factors that are related to diabetes type II.
These findings are in contrast with the effects of fructose that is found in beverages that are sugar-sweetened. Fructose is naturally present in vegetables and fruits. However, it is also used to sweeten beverages. As part of this study, the researchers noted that sugar-sweetened beverages don’t provide any nutritional value.
These drinks increase both insulin and glucose and provide an excess of calories as well. The excess calories paired with a high sugar content reach a finale of adverse metabolic effects. This increases the risk of diabetes.
In this regard, the lead author of the study John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, explained, “You don’t have to worry about adding more fruit to your diet. In fact, fruits showed benefit for blood sugar control. We have a certain amount of discretionary calories, but our study results show you don’t have to worry about sugar in fruit.”
The study also went on to find that eating fruits may actually be helpful in lowering the diabetes risk even if they boast a high calorie content. These do not show any negative impacts on your insulin or glucose levels. This is why it safe to eat fruits.