Drinking juice may be a lot worse than you think! According to a study published in Appetite, researchers have now found a link between fruit juice consumption and high blood pressure.
In the study of 160 adults, results showed that those who drank sugary juice every day were more likely to have higher blood pressure than those who drank juice less often. One factor is that unlike juice, fiber contained in whole fruits helps slow the body’s absorption of the sugar.
Other risk factors of frequent juice consumption?
- One out of every three children in the U.S. is overweight or obese, and sugary drinks are a major contributor to the epidemic.
- According to the Harvard School of Public Health, consumers who drink sugary beverages tend to have lower overall dietary quality.
- Over time, the risk for cavities increases incrementally with the amount of sugars in the diet. For healthier teeth, added sugars in your diet should be cut to no more than 5 percent, a UK study reveals. (A glass of orange juice with breakfast already hits that cap!)
Our advice: eat your fruit rather than drink it!
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