Fruit juice is NOT one of your five-a-day
A new study has found that contrary to popular belief, fruit juice does not count as one of your five-a-day because it is too sugary.
It was found that one glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice can contain up to the equivalent of five tablespoons of sugar, approximately two-thirds of a can of fizzy soft drink.
This amount of sugar can contribute to obesity and disturb the body’s natural metabolism and naturally occurring blood sugar levels.
Researchers are now calling for fruit juice to not be classed as one of your five-a-day to promote the consumption of whole fruit and vegetables.
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One alternative that was suggested, however, was to dilute one-part fruit juice with four-parts water.
Meanwhile, the results of a second study found that eating dried fruit was just as beneficial as eating raw fruit and vegetables as they contain the same amount of polyphenols and antioxidants.
In an added bonus, dried fruit also acts as a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals and can help to beat heart problems, cancer and metabolic disease.
To coincide with the call for fruit juice to be retracted from the five-a-day recommendations, the team of researchers behind this second study are asking for dried fruit to be advertised as being one of your five-a-day.