100 Percent Fruit Juice Does Not Impact Weight Gain

100 Percent Fruit Juice Does Not Impact Weight Gain


100 Percent Fruit Juice Does Not Impact Weight
GainFirst, I’d like to stress that 100% juice is a healthful nutrient dense beverage
which provides more than just sugar and calories. It also contains many beneficial vitamins,
minerals and phytonutrients (plant compounds) and is a top contributor of vitamin C, folate,
potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. According to the USDA Dietary
Guidelines fruit juice is considered nutritionally equivalent to other fruits in the fruit group.
With regard to weight gain and 100 percent fruit juice intake, results from studies have
been mixed. However, the majority of evidence suggests 100 percent fruit juice does not
impact weight gain and some studies have even shown an inverse relationship. As with any
food, excessive intakes of 100 percent fruit juice, above recommended amounts, can lead
to weight gain. You also mentioned diabetes. Currently, there
are few studies on 100 percent fruit juice consumption and Type 2 Diabetes and results
are mixed. Diabetes is a very complex disease. Therefore, many other lifestyle and dietary
factors, in addition to fruit and fruit juice intake, influence the risk of developing diabetes,
and these must be considered when assessing diet
Finally, I would like to address the fiber issue. Although whole fruit contains more
fiber per serving than fruit juice, USDA’s own data indicates that replacing 100 percent
fruit juice with whole fruit increased fiber by only one-half gram (from 1.3g to 1.8g),
while gaps in important nutrients we need more of, such as potassium, increased significantly
across all food patterns. In fact, several studies show people who drink 100 percent
fruit juice have higher intakes of total fiber, higher whole fresh fruit intake and better
quality diets overall compared to people who don’t drink 100 percent fruit juice.
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