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Fruit. Don’t Drink It…Chew It!

A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that chewing on your fruit intake will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but drinking your fruit (juice) will actually increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Your best fruit option according to the study? Blueberries! Yum! 3 servings of blueberries a week can reduce your risk of diabetes as much as 26%! Also topping the list were grapes and apples. Can you believe that 3 servings of fruit juice a week can actually increase your risk by 8%?!?!

Need some reasoning? Well, it’s simple really….the manufacturing process of juice destroys a number of the beneficial compounds and antioxidants and nearly all of the natural fibers found in fruit.

We have pointed it out before and will continue to do so…be mindful of the empty calories found in fruit juices as well! For example, an 8 oz glass of OJ for breakfast can contain as much as 110 calories. That is TWO small oranges! On top of that, the juice won’t even fill you up due to lack of fiber! So, remember…chew it, don’t drink it!