Fruit Juices May Contribute to Obesity

An increase in the intake of fruit juices may contribute to obesity more than an increase in the intake of soft drinks.  A large study of adolescent girls found a stronger correlation between increase fruit juice intake and increased BMI than between soda and BMI.

Fruit juices may contain more calories and a higher percentage of fructose than soft drinks, which contain HFCS 55 (about 55% fructose).  Excessive fructose intake is associated with elevated triglycerides and insulin resistance.

Eating whole fruit is associated with lower BMI.  The small about of fructose is offset by the high level of soluble fiber (which is removed by juicing).  Fruit is a critical part of a healthy diet….just don’t drink your fruit.

PMID: 18034911


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