100% fruit juice not linked to prediabetes in adolescents, study finds



100% fruit juice not linked to prediabetes in adolescents, study finds

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Adolescents in the USA currently consume more sugar-sweetened beverages than recommended, which can increase their risk of developing diabetes

However, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, this link is not seen for 100% fruit juice.

Involving 125,375 participants, the study examined data from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey. The author used statistical analyses to explore the relationships between frequency of sugar-sweetened beverage, fruit juice, milk, and water consumption, and prediabetes. Statistical models were adjusted for population groups and other cardiometabolic markers.

One in four adolescents said they drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day, and consuming a range of sugar-sweetened beverages was found to be increase the chances of young people developing prediabetes.

However, after accounting for other factors such as physical activity levels, sleep, and BMI, no link was found between increased consumption of 100% fruit juice and prediabetes.

Reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adolescents is important to support their cardiometabolic health. With fruit juice found not to increase diabetes risk, adolescents can continue to hydrate with this vitamin C-rich drink.


Duke. Youth Beverage Intake and Reported Prediabetes: Choice and Frequency Matter. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.10.005