The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has once again stated its belief that fruit juice can be a part of a healthy diet, after a new report found a link between consumption and type 2 diabetes.
The report, which was published in the British Medical Journal found that those who drank more fruit juice had a higher risk of developing the condition than those who ate whole fruit.
It stated: "There is a significant difference in the associations between individual fruits and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Greater consumption of specific whole fruits particularly blueberries, grapes and apples was significantly associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk, whereas greater fruit juice consumption was associated with a higher risk."
Researchers from the UK, US and Singapore used data from three prospective cohort studies among US adults, including the Nurses’ Health Study, the Nurses’ Health Study II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
It found that replacing three servings of fruit juice per week with individual whole fruits reduced risk of developing diabetes by seven per cent.
When juice was replaced with blueberries, the risk was 33 per cent lower, while raisins and grapes cut it by 19 per cent, while apples and pears (14 per cent), bananas (13 per cent) and grapefruits (12 per cent) were also found to lessen the risk.
But a spokesman for the BSDA said that despite the report, there was no need for consumers to cut down the amount of juice in their diet.
He told Food Manufacture: "There are many limitations with the research so you can’t conclude that cutting out fruit juice is a good idea.
"Don’t forget that a glass of fruit juice is rich in essential nutrients and can count as one of your five a day that makes up a healthy diet. Fruit and fruit juice play a positive role in the diet."