This is Insider’s Health TV. I’m your host, Josh. We’re all aware of the health problems that come along with soda and other fizzy drinks, but what about juice? Some recent studies are beginning to question the positive view on drinking it, especially for children.
Now, the average adult drinks 6.6 gallons per year, and more than half of preschool aged children drink juice regularly. They consume about 10 ounces per day, more than twice the amount recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
So why is that? Well, what these studies are saying is that, while the consumption of soda has gone down, our juice intake has not budged. It all comes down to marketing. Parents generally associate juice with healthfulness, which unfortunately makes them unaware ofit’s link to weight gain.
You can’t blame them, given the fact that 100% fruit juice has always been marketed as a natural source of vitamins and calcium. But, despite all of the marketing, fruit juices contain very little nutrients and tons of sugar.
One nutritionist put it this way, “would you take a multivitamin ifit had 10 teaspoons of sugar in it?” I’m not sure I would. But let us know what you think in the comments, and tell us wether or not you think it’s time we reconsidered our love for fruit juice.
This has been insider’s health; it’s your health, we’re just helping you think outside the box. Have a great day.