Considering a Juice Cleanse: Think Again!

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 BuzzFeed.com. They…

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No Fruit Juice for Infants

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…

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Whole Fruit Appears to Protect Against 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…

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Children and Adults Switching to Sugar-laden 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…

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