Sunday, July 10, 2011

All-Natural Fruit Juices are Not as Healthy as You Think

Preschoolers who are already on the heavy side and drink one to two sweet drinks a day might be at greater risk of becoming obese. Some of these sweet drinks include Kool-Aid with sugar and all-natural apple juice. This finding might come as a surprise to parents who make a point of buying fruit drinks without added sugars for their children.

Nutritionists and the new U.S. dietary guidelines both agree on the same recommendation: It is better to eat whole fresh fruit than to consume fruit juice.

Research revealed that 3- and 4-year-olds who carried extra weight and consumed one to two sweet drinks a day were at double the risk of becoming seriously overweight one year later.

In order to study the effects of sweet drinks researchers followed over 10,000 Missouri children who were divided into three groups: normal and underweight, those at risk of becoming overweight and those who were already overweight. Read more...

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