End of the sweet life – fresh fruit juices are proven to be harmful

It is customary to talk about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables at every opportunity.

Determining the optimal amount of them that is recommended to be taken daily, the World Health Organization more than 15 years ago also prepared recommendations according to which each of us should eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables per day About 80 grams each.

This is the amount that, according to research, reduces the risk of premature death for people of all ages by 29%.

A diet including greater amounts of fruits and vegetables helps prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer, the development of diabetes and obesity.

It is recommended to consume a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, of course, considering the season. It is not desirable to eat only potatoes and cassava (the fruit of an African tropical plant and a favorite food of Africans) due to the high content of starch.

Until now, the recommendations additionally indicated that both fresh and canned, dried and frozen fruits and vegetables or their juices could be safely consumed. But recently, this basic postulate of healthy eating has changed.

Fresh fruit juices, it seems, are about to be blacklisted.

They’re too sweet

Early this year, an article was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology that suggested drinking fruit juices may affect health , as unfavorably as sweetened drinks and all others containing almost the same amount of sugar.

Health experts believe that indulging in sugary foods and drinks is fine, but it is important that the amount of sugar we consume does not exceed the daily limit.

This spring, the WHO revised the recommendations made 15 years ago for sticking to a healthy diet.

Now, according to the recommendations of the WHO, it is desirable that the amount of sugar that is taken for the day with food and drinks represents 5% of the daily caloric intake, and not 10%, as it was before. That’s actually about 25% or 6 teaspoons a day of a normal body mass index.

Of course, the WHO recommendations also take into account “hidden” sugar, which is usually contained in ready-made food products and drinks. That is why it is necessary to indicate how much sugar is contained in different drinks:

• Red Bull /bottle of 250 ml/ – 27 grams;
• Coca Cola /330 ml/ – 39 g;
• White semi-dry wine – 1 glass /175 ml/ – 1.5 g .;
• Beer /Stella Artois/ – 1 bottle /660 ml/ – 0.6 g.;
• Orange juice – 1 glass /350 ml/ – 33 g;
• Apple juice – 1 cup /350 ml./ – 39 years old;
• Grape juice – 1 cup /350 ml./ – 58.5 years old;
• Tomato juice – 1 cup /350 ml./ – 8.6 years;
• Fresh milk – 1 cup /350 ml./ – 12 years;

This means that after drinking just one small bottle of Coca Cola, as we know more Coca Cola is available in plastic bottles of 500 ml or a glass of grape juice, a person can significantly exceed the optimal daily sugar intake.

And if in its current nutritional recommendations the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Bulgaria instructs to completely give up drinking sweetened carbonated drinks, it is imperative to make a recommendation to limit the intake of fruit juices to 150 ml . daily.

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