Is Juice Really Better Than Colas For Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetic Patients?

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Many people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Diabetes opt for a nice cold juice instead of  sugar filled sodas that are prohibitively high in phosphorus. Well, a new study from the University of Glasgow's Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, published on February 19th, 2014 found that packaged fruit drinks contain the same amounts of sugar and calories as colas. 

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Obviously, Diabetics who consume packaged juice should be aware of the fact that the drink can spike blood sugar, cause acute glucose toxicity, induce liver damage, create eye sight complications, and worse. However, CKD patients should also consider altering their juice intake as they are already at high risk for Diabetes, heart attack and stroke, and researchers suggest packaged juice only further heightens the chance of such events. 

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Researchers compared in detail, a packaged fruit drink with a liquid equivalent fizzy cola. While a serving of cola contains 105kcal and 26.5g of sugar, one serving of juice typically contained 110kcal and 26g of sugar. This "could spell danger," researchers said, for diabetics, pre-diabetics and even those with CKD. 

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The 26g of sugar found in each serving of fruit juice means the person is drinking five tablespoons of sugar. Dr Vijay Viswanathan, Diabetes Research Centre, said that many packaged juices increase the risk of diabetes if consumed in excess. "Each carton contains concentrated sugar and simple carbohydrates which when consumed, especially after a meal, makes the blood sugar peak. We advise diabetics never to drink fruit juices and go for the whole fruit instead," he said. 

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Be sure to always read juice package labels and talk to your Dietitian about which juice(s) is best for your diet plan. KidneyBuzz.com publishes daily News & Information specifically for those with CKD and Diabetes so visit regularly. Also, get your story out there to connect with potential Kidney Donors, and meet others who have your disease to ask questions, gain insights, and improve your overall quality of life by visiting KidneyBuzz.com's NEW forum. 

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References:

"Why Fruit Juice Isn’t Better than Cola." Http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. The Times of India.

Morgan, Shelly. "Is Soda Bad for Your Kidneys?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.