The Truth About Fruit Juice

Truth About JuiceFruit juice: An article in the Los Angeles Times Nov. 8, 2009 Section A about the health effects of drinking 100% fruit juice quoted UC Davis scientist Kimber Stanhope as saying that her studies suggest fructose, a type of sugar, would increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes equally whether it was consumed in soda or in juice. Stanhope said that overconsumption of soda or 100% fruit juice would probably promote similar weight gain, one risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.

A glass of juice concentrates all the sugar from several pieces of fruit. Ounce per ounce, it contains more calories than soda, though it tends to be consumed in smaller servings. A cup of orange juice has 112 calories, apple juice has 114, and grape juice packs 152, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The same amount of Coke has 97 calories, and Pepsi has 100.

And just like soft drinks, juice is rich in fructose — the simple sugar that does the most to make food sweet.

UC Davis scientist Kimber Stanhope has found that consuming high levels of fructose increases risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes because it is converted into fat by the liver more readily than glucose. Her studies suggest that it doesn’t matter whether the fructose is from soda or juice.

Both are going to promote equal weight gain and we don’t advise drinking any while on The Liquid Amino Diet. If you have any further questions, the health coaches are available at 1-800-980-7208.

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