Published on 09/09/2013
Fruit juices and smoothies have been cited as a new risk to our health due to the large amount of sugars the so-called ‘health drinks’ contain, say US scientists.
Vegetable juice is much healthier than fruit juice
The US scientists Barry Popkin and George Bray were also responsible for highlighting the high fructose corn syrup content in many soft drinks back in 2004.
The warning comes from a recent interview with The Guardian and investigates the on-going threat of drinks with high sugar content, especially those marketed as ‘healthy’ options.
Popkin, a professor at the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, told The Guardian: “Smoothies and fruit juice are the new danger.”
Popkin believe the advice for getting your five-a-day needs to be reviewed to counteract the risk of juices with high sugar content.
He said: “Think of eating one orange or two and getting filled. Now think of drinking a smoothie with six oranges and two hours later it does not affect how much you eat.
“The entire literature shows that we feel full from drinking beverages like smoothies but it does not affect our overall food intake, whereas eating an orange does. So pulped-up smoothies do nothing good for us but do give us the same amount of sugar as four to six oranges or a large coke. It is deceiving."
Much focus from the UK government is aimed at tackling soft drinks and carbonated drinks in their fight against increasing obesity. So much so that a soft drinks tax in the UK has been proposed to stop an obesity epidemic and has received the backing from more than 60 organisations across the country.
Some health insurance policies can rewards you for buying and eating healthy foods.
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