From NY Times: The Fruit Juice Delusion
A recent commentary revisits the common misconception of fruit juice being healthy.
- “Americans drink a lot of juice…children consume on average 10 ounces per day, more than twice the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.”
- “One 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.”
- Eating whole fruit is “associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, drinking fruit juice is associated with the opposite.”
- “Juice may also be a ‘gateway beverage’–[to drink] more soda in their school-age years
- “There is no evidence that juice improves health…Parents should instead serve water and focus on trying to increase children’s intake of whole fruit.”
My take (borrowed from authors): “we have succeeded in recognizing the harm of sugary beverages like soda. We can’t keep pretending that juice is different.”
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