Drinking 100 percent fruit juice could have protective health benefits similar to those of whole fruits, according to research presented in a literature review yesterday at the 2011 Experimental Biology (EB) meeting.
Highlights from a new report summarizing recent research on the potential benefits of fruit juice suggest a positive association between intake of 100 percent juice and reduced risk for several chronic diseases, including cancer, markers for cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline.
With so few Americans consuming the recommended amounts of fruit each day, finding quick and simple ways to add additional fruit servings – and the important nutrients they provide – is more critical than ever.
Although USDA recognizes that 4-oz of 100 percent juice supplies one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit, there is still confusion regarding the healthfulness of juice.
New research presented today at the American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) clearly highlight the benefits of 100 percent juice, revealing that fruit juice drinkers were more likely than non-consumers to meet recommended levels of certain key nutrients.
The new study, from researchers at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Baylor College of Medicine, examined a nationally representative sample of adults 19 years of age and older and found that drinking 100 percent fruit juice was closely linked to improved nutrient intake.
More specifically, the researchers used data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to compare intake of “shortfall nutrients” – those nutrients most frequently under-consumed by Americans – among juice drinkers and non-consumers.
According to the research team, adults who did not drink fruit juice were more likely to fall below recommended levels for several key nutrients, including vitamins A and C and magnesium. Additionally, a greater percentage of those consuming fruit juice exceeded recommended levels for calcium and potassium – two important minerals for promoting bone health and regulating blood pressure.
“This study supports the role of fruit juice as a nutrient dense beverage and a source of valuable vitamins and minerals,” notes lead researcher Dr. Carol O’Neil. “Drinking 100 percent juice may be one important strategy to provide some of the essential nutrients that are currently under-consumed by Americans. One hundred percent fruit juice should be encouraged as part of an overall balanced diet.”
The health benefits of juice fasting as a lifestyle will become more and more evident as you practice and get better at mixing fruits and vegetables, both for taste and nutrition.
Juicer recipes for weight loss can be with you for a lifetime. This is the beginning of a wonderful trek towards better health and vitality. It is our experience that juice fasting can become a strong foundation for fitness.
Well-toned muscles is only part of the equation. Digestive system detoxification and cleansing via a variety of fasting juice recipes is crucial to receive long-term results from any exercise program.
However, it is not recommend you turn a juice fast into a thousand-ingredient shake with large quantities of protein powders, honey, sweeteners or anything else that adds unnecessary calories. Use extra ingredients very sparingly.
If fasting to lose weight is your priority, then vegetable juices should be taken more frequently than fruit in making fruit juice. Vegetables are substantially lower in calories, and there is a wide variety to choose from.
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