You'd still believe when you're told that colas and artificial drinks might be dangerous for your health. But if you're told that fruit juices could also be equally damaging, would you even blink an eye?
Turns out, a research in US suggests that a glass of juice a day can increase the risk of dying early by almost a quarter.
According to experts, the fructose content in these drinks can drive up the insulin resistance and stimulates the hormones which promotes the fat deposition around your waistline. Both of which can in turn lead to heart diseases and diabetes too.
A specific research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) made a comparison between 100% fruit juices with other sweet beverages like colas and lemonade. It came to a conclusion that higher death rates were due to all sugary drinks.
Speaking by stats, consuming 340 ml of a sugar-sweetened drink everyday was linked to almost 6% increase in early death risk. Turns out, drinking an extra fruit juice of the same volume was also linked to almost 24% rise in premature death.
British scientists said that a lot of people drank too many juices and smoothies avoiding the high sugar content in them. But instead, it'd be better to simply eat pieces of fruits.
In a study, people got 8.4% calorie intake from sugar-sweetened drinks and 4% from natural fruit juice. Associate professor in nutrition and health at the University of Reading, Dr Gunter Kuhnle says, "This is a very important study, especially as fruit juices are often seen as a 'healthy' alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages, even though they often contain much more sugar (especially smoothies). Fruit juices are a poor replacement for actual fruit consumption, in particular as they can be much more easily over-consumed.”
He even continued to say, "In the UK, the general recommendation is that a 150 ml glass of fruit juice can provide one of the five-a-day, but not more. This is less than half of the amount found in this study to result in a modest increase in mortality, so there is no suggestion from this study that one glass a day is problematic.”
Chief nutritionist at Public Health England, Dr Alison Tedstone said, “This study is a reminder that consuming sugary drinks can contribute to dental caries, increased calories, weight gain, and associated ill health."
“Current advice is to swap sugary drinks for water, lower fat milks and lower sugar or diet drinks. While fruit and vegetable juices can contribute to one of your 5 A Day, it’s important to limit juice and smoothies to a total of 150 mls each day as they can still contain high amounts of sugar.”