Are fruit juices bad for your health?

Those delicious and thirst quenching bottled fruit juices may make life much easier, but they may be actually be hurting you more, than making you healthier.

Drinking juice is considered as a good and healthy practice, but many store-bought juices are packed with sugar and they often contain as much sugar as bad mouthed soft drinks.

Several studies in the past have said that fruit juices shouldn’t even considered in the five a day recommendations for the intake of fruit and vegetables, due to the sugar content.

Drinking large amounts of fruit juices has also been linked to a higher risk of bowel cancer.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California in San Francisco, has spent 16 years studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system, metabolism and disease, believes that fruit juice can be unhealthy for our diets.

His book Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar, argues that fructose (fruit sugar) is as bad for our health as table sugar and is one of the causes for the obesity crisis.

He believes that drinking fruit juice does equal damage to the human body even though there are nutrients in fruit juice which are good.

Eating whole fruit is better than juice, because with whole fruit you get the all important fibers that balances the effect of fructose.

The fibers gives 'the liver a chance to fully metabolize what's coming in', while fruit juices 'brings a huge dose of energy straight to the liver', which overloads the body, leading to higher blood sugar levels and insulin resistance and any sugar that the body doesn’t need is converted to fat.

Lustig says he has been under attack from the food industry, which is not very surprising if you have ever seen the YouTube video of one of his comprehensive lectures on the effects of fructose, called Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

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