Fruit juice can be good for you! Recent studies are showing some positive results for juice drinkers. In a study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics it was determined that a daily glass of fruit juice can lower the BMI (body mass index) of adult Canadians. Results from a study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion indicated that youth who consumed 100% fruit juice did not gain weight but valuable nutrients and a decreased intake of unhealthy fats. Finally, a longitudinal study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that milk and fruit juice were not among the sweetened beverages that attributed to an increase of BMI in young girls as the aged.
A healthy lifestyle combines smart nutritional choice with physical fitness. The food guide suggests consuming at least 8 fruit and vegetables a day and this can seem like a daunting task for some. Sneaking in a few extra servings through drinking fruit juice can be an excellent way to reach this goal.
Although juice is not a substitute for the nutritional value of actual fruit and vegetables these studies indicate that 100% fruit juice can be an excellent supplement.
You can find more nutritional information in the SIRC online resources area including past newsletters and full text articles on hydration and athlete.