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Orange Juice Sales Soar in Misguided Hopes of Warding Off COVID-19 While Diabetes is Number Two Comorbidity


Orange juice -which is associated with type 2 diabetes- is definitely not what you want to be drinking to ward off Covid-19. In NY State the number two comorbidity in Covid-19 mortality is diabetes. While orange juice might be a reasonable source of vitamin C, you are far better off eating spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potato, tomato, or peppers. Basically there are many healthier options. If you doubt OJ is bad for you, you can always check your blood glucose after drinking it and see for yourself.


I've also included a link to a British medical journal large cohort study that looks at this particular issue. Keeping in mind that the study actually found that most whole fruit consumption was only weakly inversely associated with type 2 diabetes (blueberries being somewhat of an exception), yet there was still a higher risk of diabetes in juice drinkers. Basically, fruit is likely not protective against type 2 diabetes (which makes sense as it raises blood sugar and causes an insulin response like any carbohydrate), but fruit juice is even more burdensome on the body due to the lack of fiber and lack of mechanical digestion. It's essentially mainlining sugar into your system and forcing your pancreas to produce insulin for energy storage. 

https://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5001

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