The dark and hidden side of the fruit juices you buy at the supermarket

US researchers first compared 100% fruit juices with sugary drinks. Here are the results.

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It may seem like a healthy food, but industrial fruit juice is not at all what it seems, even when the labels read "100% fruit" in plain sight. To find out, if reading the ingredients wasn't enough, some US researchers recently compared 100% fruit juices with sugary drinks like Cola.

Fruit juices and sugary drinks, such as cola or bottled lemonade, are equally harmful to health, as the former sometimes contain the same amount of sugar as the latter. If not more.

In fact, some US researchers have compared for the first time i 100% fruit juices with sugary drinks: both types of sodas, if drunk in excess, can lead to early death.

Of course, we would have liked to know the brands of the products analyzed, but the fact remains that sugary drinks have long been considered one of the main causes of obesity, including fruit juices. In many cases, juices already contain the maximum amount of sugar that a 4-6 year old child shouldn't exceed in a day, so it goes without saying that drinking juice is not the same as eating fruit.

To try to explain it are some researchers from Emory University in Atlanta and Cornell University in New York who in a study found very similar associations for both fruit juices and sugary drinks with a increased risk of early death, although they said more research is needed.

A systematic review

The scholars looked at the sugary drink and fruit juice intake of 13.440 adults over the age of 45 in the United States. During an average six-year follow-up, there were 1.000 deaths from any cause and 168 deaths from coronary heart disease.

Those who drank a 350ml glass of juice per day were 24% more likely to die during the study, compared with an 11% increase among those who drank sugary soft drinks every day.

According to the authors, these findings suggest that the consumption of sugary drinks, including fruit juices, is associated with all-cause mortality. Well-powered, longer-term studies are needed to inform their association with coronary heart disease mortality risk.

The high consumption of dietary sugars and sugary drinks (what Americans call "SSB”), In particular, has been associated with several risk factors for coronary heart disease, including dyslipidemia, diabetes and obesity.

“Fruit juices - say the researchers - are still widely perceived as a healthier option than SSBs. However, they often contain as much sugar and calories as SSBs. Although the sugar in 100% fruit juices is naturally occurring rather than added, once metabolized, the biological response is essentially the same.

For this reason, the authors of the study conclude, as for soft drinks, fruit juices also need as many efforts as those made in recent years with taxation and marketing restrictions.

Although the sugar in SSBs is added during processing and the sugar in 100% fruit juice occurs naturally, the specific sugars they provide to the body for the process are essentially the same, and the biochemical response when metabolized is the itself.

What to do?

It's not that hard to avoid buying fruit juices, just have one at home centrifuge, extractor or blender to prepare freshly made juices and drinks starting from fresh fruit without adding sugars. 

THU find some recipes for making juices at home that contain only natural sugars and that will also help you to purify the body. For children you can try these too smoothie recipes.

In any case, read the labels and check the quantities of sugar well.

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