Drinking fruit juice does not equal eating the fruit

Drinking fruit juice does not equal eating the fruit

Do you think that the jam is equivalent to a serving of fruit? Ea , well with the juices either . And that for the elaboration of the two products -meal and juice- the fruit invariably intervenes … that is clear to you. And although the juice is not added to anything else and is exclusively the liquefied product of the fruit … the fruit juice is neither fruit, nor does its consumption replace that of the fruit .

For the jam sure you do not have to explain it, sure you understand. We go with the juice and with an example: the paradigmatic orange juice .

Let’s see the nutritional and effect differences on the intake of a glass of natural orange juice against that of an orange as such . Keep in mind that for a glass of juice you usually use, on average, 3 oranges more or less. Well, let’s see.

In summary: the juice provides more calories, less fiber, less satiety and the possibility of taking “more than necessary” is much higher … among other issues (and all this assuming that sugar is not added)

It is for these reasons and perhaps others that I think you will be interested in knowing some specialized opinions regarding this topic. For example:

  • The World Health Organization (2003) states that there is a high level of evidence about the protective role of fruit to prevent obesity, a fact that is reflected in recent research in this regard. However, the WHO states that the scientific data show a probable relationship between the consumption of fruit juices and obesity .
  • The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association advise decreasing the consumption of fruit juices to prevent obesity .
  • The American Heart Association again proposes as credible that satiety is lower compared to a fruit juice than to a whole fruit and therefore discourages the consumption of fruit juices, insisting on the importance of consuming fruit in its original state , and Considering that the calories consumed in liquid form could negatively affect attempts to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends increasing fruit intake to prevent overweight and obesity in children, as long as it is not in the form of fruit juices
  • The Nutrition Committee of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics states that fruit juices are not nutritionally equivalent to natural fruits , as they lack fiber and do not stimulate chewing.
  • And finally, the healthy eating guide from the Harvard University School of Public Health , known as the Healthy Eating Plate, alludes to the consumption of fruit juices in terms of limiting their intake. And if consumed advised not to exceed the daily frequency of more than one small glass and never to replace the fruit as such .

So, do you still think that if you do not take fruit, or your child does not take it, this situation is arranged with a zumito (or two, or three, etc.)? The source of drink and hydration for you and your child must be water, and fruit … to eat.

Eat fruit Real fruit

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