New study shows the high sugar in juice outweighs the health benefits of juicing and juice
Bangor University, Wales
According to a June 2011 Welsh study conducted by the famous Bangor University, most juice is simply too high in sugar to be considered healthful.
The study, conducted by academics at Bangor University in Wales found that, “The worrying information when discussing soft drinks, is that we’re not considering the worst examples of sugar-laden carbonated drinks, but levels of sugar found in natural fruit juice.”
“This research shows how little sweet food stuffs are required to actually change your taste perceptions and how powerful sweet tasting products are,” says lead study researcher Dr Hans-Peter Kubis of the University’s School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences. “We are headed for a multi-level health disaster with rising obesity levels and the increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes.”
According to FDA nutritional data, Welches “natural” grape juice contains 60 grams of sugar for each 12 ounce serving. An average can of soda on the other hand, only contains 40 grams of sugar for the same 12 ounce serving. While this information should not promote drinking soda, it does point out the “free pass” that fruit drinks have been getting from so called “health experts.”
A study that is often misinterpreted is the famous 2005 University of Texas Health Science Center study that at first glance seems to link diet sodas to obesity. However deeper in the study, University researcher Sharon P. Fowler, MPH points out that “a study of this kind does not prove that diet soda causes obesity. More likely, it shows that something linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity.”
The study also states that the diet soda did not cause the obesity at all. Rather other the poor eating habits of study participants were more than likely the real cause of the weight gain.
So why are health experts fixated on condemning diet soda, and not even concerned with pointing out the greater dangers of high sugar natural fruit drinks? Good question!
Certainly the data would suggest that “natural juice drinks,” which contain high amounts of sugar pose a much greater documented threat to public health than diet sodas which contain no sugar at all. The best liquid to drink is pure water. Next, time you are thirsty, try a glass of the original no-sugar drink…clean, healthy, all-natural water.