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Considering a Juice Cleanse: Think Again!

Your body has built-in mechanisms to keep it clean and tidy!

Now that the holidays are almost over, and it is time to think about resolutions for the New Year, you may be considering the need of a cleanse via a juice cleanse. Before you start you may want to read a very practical and balanced interview with two experts in the field which was published on They share 12 commonsense reasons to carefully assess the wisdom of a juice cleanse.

PositiveTip: God created your internal organs and skin to constantly dispose of the garbage of living--and they don't get clogged!

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No Fruit Juice for Infants

Reducing consumption of juice during infancy can reduce the risk of obesity later.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has extended its recommendation against offering juice to all infants from 6 months and younger to 12 months and under. Toddlers should be given no more that 4 oz (120 ml) of 100% juice; children 4-6 years old no more than 6 oz (180 ml) and 7-18 years no more than 8 oz (235 ml). 

PositiveTip: Parents and grandparents need to be aware of the impact juice can have on the weight infants and children. 

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Whole Fruit Appears to Protect Against Diabetes

Fruit juices, instead of whole fruit, increased the risk of type 2 diabetes.

In a longitudinal observation study researchers found eating more fruit, especially apples, blueberries and grapes, lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Each 3 additional servings of whole fruit reduced the diabetes risk by a significant 2%. However, the same amount of fruit juice actually raised the risk by 8%. Research is ongoing to determine the causes behind these findings.

PositiveTip: Eat more whole fruit, including apples, blueberries and grapes--especially if they are substitutes for unhealthy foods!

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Children and Adults Switching to Sugar-laden Beverages

During the past 25 years adults have more than doubled their daily consumption of sugary beverages.

Beverage intake patterns of adults and children have shifted dramatically over the past several decades according to a study of beverage consumption conducted at the University of North Carolina. Children aged 2-18 average 91 fewer calories from milk. What are the drinking instead? Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) have almost doubled from 87 to 154 calories a day for kids and more than doubling for adults from 64 to 142 calories per day. Adults are also drinking more than three times as many calories per day from alcoholic beverages.