Pure fruit juice healthy, or not
Fruit juice was once viewed as part of a healthy diet, but today it is often seen as supplying little more than a high dose of sugar.
fruit juice avoids the problems of intact fruit while providing the same range of health-promoting chemicals.
Most of us have heard we should be eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
The term “fruit juice” includes drinks sweetened with sugar that contain little (if any) juice from fruit.
Although fruit juice does contain sugar it should not be viewed as similar to sugar-containing drinks.
Fruit squashes and cordials meanwhile are a mixture of fruit pulp and sugar syrup.
Juices contain many health-promoting nutrients – such as vitamin C, polyphenols and carotenoids – that occur only to limited extents in sugar-sweetened drinks.
Polyphenols – which gives fruit its red, purple and blue colours – have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
A second argument for not drinking juice is that it provides less dietary fibre than intact fruit.
Fibre helps to prevent diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer, but the Western diet doesn’t provide enough.