Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
You must have seen this story do the rounds of several newspapers and websites of late. All the articles report that drinking 100% fruit juice does not increase blood sugar levels or impact glycemic control, as per a study recently published in the Journal of Nutritional Science.
It sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? And it probably is. Reports such as these cannot be taken at face value. When a headline is sensational, it will get picked up by the media. But you have to be an alert audience and know how to sift fact from sensationalised information.
Here are the problem areas in the various media reports of this study:
1. There is no link provided to the original study:
When a report is made about the findings of a journal-published study, be it an experiment, a survey or a clinical trial, always look for the source of the mentioned study. This should be a link to the main article (either partial or full) on the journal’s website. If the link to the source is absent, then you have no way of verifying the “facts” mentioned in the article. Err on the side of caution and don’t believe such “facts” or “studies”.
2. The information is usually incomplete:
So 100% fruit juice is not harmful in diabetes. But how much quantity of 100% fruit juice is ok for consumption? A glass a day? 2 glasses a day? 6 glasses a week? What is the measurement of the glass? 100 ml? 120 ml? 150ml? You can see how the absence of this crucial information can change the reality of consuming such “100% fruit juice”.
3. There will a hidden “Conditions Apply” statement:
In a few articles, a single sentence stating roughly that “the amount of juice is equal to a serving of fruits” was present. Now, this means that the 100% fruit juice is ok to have when you only have that and no additional fruits! If you have the juice and the fruits, your blood sugar will surely be affected. You need to learn to read between the lines to understand the facts.
Next time you come across such articles, do this 3-step fact-checking exercise. The results will blow your mind.
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