“The Fruit Juice Delusion”

From NY Times: The Fruit Juice Delusion

A recent commentary revisits the common misconception of fruit juice being healthy.

Key points:

  • “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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