Fruit juices are not only good for your health but they have many other positive effects on your life. They contain vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients which may help prevent or treat various diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Fruit juices are one of the most popular beverages in our society today. The consumption of fruit drinks has increased over the years due to their nutritional value and health benefits. However, there are some concerns about consuming fruit juice because it contains high levels of fructose (a type of carbohydrate) and sucrose (another type of carbohydrate).
These sugars can cause weight gain, increase blood pressure, raise cholesterol levels and contribute to tooth decay.
The amount of sugar in fruit juice varies depending on the variety. For example, a typical serving size for an apple is 1/2 cup while a glass of grapefruit juice contains 2 teaspoons of sugar. Other fruits like oranges and lemons contain less than 1 teaspoon per serving.
The average American drinks about 200 gallons of fruit juice each year. When choosing which brand and type of fruit juice to drink, you should consider the calorie content as well as the serving size. A natural juice will provide you with better nutrients as opposed to a juice that has added sugars or fructose.
Facts about Fruit Juice:
1) Consumption of fruit juices containing high levels of sugars can lead to tooth decay, obesity and other health issues.
2) Too much fructose can cause liver and kidney damage.
It can also lead to an increase in the risk of heart disease.
3) Unfiltered fruit juices contain large amounts of pesticides and other chemicals that could be harmful to your health.
4) It is best to drink fruit juices that are freshly squeezed whenever possible.
You should avoid buying fruit juice that is stored in large containers and in plastic bottles.
5) Prepared fruit juices can be expensive.
It is more cost-effective to prepare your own fruit juice at home with organic fruits.
6) You should dilute your fruit juice with water in a 1:1 ratio.
This will reduce the calorie and sugar content.
7) Over-consumption of fruit juice can lead to obesity, tooth decay and other health issues.
8) People are mistaken in thinking that fruit juice is a good substitute for sports drinks.
This is not true because it does not replenish the electrolytes that are lost through sweating.
9) Certain types of cancer are linked to fruit juices that have been exposed to radiation during the pasteurization process.
10) Fruit juice can be high in calories. This can lead to weight gain if you are not careful.
11) Some types of fruit juice can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. The most common fruits that cause allergies are citrus fruits.
12) Children should not drink more than one ounce of fruit juice per pound of their body weight.
13) Drinking too much fruit juice can lead to excessive cavities.
14) Drinking too much fruit juice can cause diarrhea.
15) Too much fruit juice can cause weight gain.
16) Drinking too much fruit juice raises the risk of getting bowel cancer.
17) The high levels of fructose in fruit juice causes obesity and liver damage.
18) People who are on a low-carb diet should not drink fruit juice.
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