Juice: Nutritional Help or Hinder?

Food for Thought, Thought for Food

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to sugar consumption is juice. I am still not sure what to believe in. Here I am not talking about the obvious: sodas and artificial drinks are, for me, bad for you by default. No. I am talking about fruit and vegetable juices, and in particular 100% fruit and vegetable juices.

When I look into the subject, I can’t always tell if people are talking about juice you can buy or juice you can make yourself. For instance, the NHS recommendation is for no more than 150ml of juice or smoothie a day, but when they mention that even the unsweetened ones have lots of sugar, it makes me wonder if they are not talking about commercially-available ones. In a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the authors recommend in between4 ounces (118 ml) and 1 cup (250…

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