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Drinking 100 Percent Fruit Juice Lowers Disease Risks

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According to a NHANES analysis, drinking 100 percent fruit juice daily can lower our risk of chronic diseases.

New research, presented April 22, 2009 at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2009 meeting shows that men and women who drink 100 percent juice daily are leaner, and have lower risk of heart attack, diabetes, and stroke from metabolic syndrome - a cluster of symptoms including high blood pressure, elevated triglyceride levels, abdominal obesity, and insulin resistance.

Study author, and co-author, Dr. Mark Pereira and Dr. Victor Fulgoni from University of Minnesota compared 100 percent juice drinkers to non-juice drinkers, using data from the CDC’s 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They found that real fruit juice consumers had smaller waistlines, less insulin resistance, and lower body mass index (BMI).

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Drinking 100 percent fruits juice was associated with a twenty-two percent reduction in obesity, and a fifteen percent lower risk of metabolic syndrome compared to those who did not consume real fruit juice. The survey included 14,000 respondents, age 19 and older.

Dr. Pereira says, “We know that maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables is linked to decreased risk of some chronic diseases. One cup of 100% fruit juice counts as a serving of fruit and, based on our analysis, 100% juice consumption is associated with some of these same benefits.”

The study authors also found that people who consumed 100 percent fruit juice are generally healthier and more active. After adjusting for physical activity, and diet, the researchers still found a fourteen percent lower risk of obesity among regular juice drinkers.

Getting our daily allotment of fruits and vegetables is not always easy. The new study shows that drinking 100 percent fruit juice can cut our risk of chronic disease, help us stay lean, and provide an easier way to get the benefits of a serving of fruit.