We're sure most of you believe that drinking juice is not good for health. Well, what if we told you that you're wrong? A new study claims that drinking 100% natural fruit juice can actually improve diet quality in children. "Drinking 100 per cent fruit juice has many positive attributes that improve overall diet quality," stated Dr Murray, paediatric nutritionist.
"When juice is eliminated from a child's diet, it can have unintended negative nutritional consequences, especially for low-income populations." "Juice has recently been cast in a negative light without scientific evidence to support these claims. This report encourages parents and other consumers to look at a child's total diet before judging foods or beverages "good" or "bad." Foods should be judged not on individual attributes such as fat or sugar but on their contributions to the diet as a whole," said Dr Murray.
It's a given that when we turn fruit into juice, the juice lacks all the fibres that the fruit contained. However, the juice still retains most of the nutrients, vitamins, bioactive and phytochemicals found in fruits. What's great about juices is that it has less added sugar and saturated fat and is rich in vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. So, juice drinkers are still benefiting more than non-juice drinkers.
"Over the past three decades, fruit juice consumption has fallen substantially yet the gap has not been filled by the consumption of whole fruit. A combination of whole fruit and juice is the best way for children and adults to meet their daily-recommended fruit servings and improve their overall diet," said Dr Murray. "Young children are typically the biggest juice drinkers. They are also the only age group in the United States consuming enough servings of fruit."
This is why it is essential to consume everything. Cutting things out from your diet can result in health issues because you'll end up lacking nutrients or vitamins that are necessary for the body. The key to consuming food is moderation. As long as you consume everything in moderation and foods that are not adulterated, things will work out just fine. Stay tuned for more updates.
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