Limit fruit juice to one glass a day, UK report on sugar warns

MAY 17, 2014

BY LAURA DONNELLY,

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A single glass of fruit juice a day is the most anyone should drink, new guidelines say, as a British report warns that families are consuming unsafe levels of sugar.

There is rising concern that sugar is one of the greatest threats to health, creating an obesity time bomb and contributing to spiralling levels of diabetes.

Health officials issued the warning as a study in England found that children and teenagers are consuming around 40 per cent more added sugar than the recommended daily allowance.

Fruit juices and fizzy drinks are the chief culprit, providing the largest source of sugar for children aged between four and 18, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England found.

The country’s most senior nutritionist yesterday advised limiting children and adults to 150 mL of fruit juice per day, and always accompanied by a meal. It is the first time health officials have outlined such a limit.

Dr. Alison Tedstone, the chief nutritionist at the body, said: “The best drinks for school-aged children are water and low-fat milk.

“Fruit juice is also a good choice as it can be included as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. However, it should only be drunk once a day and with a meal because it can be high in sugar and can cause tooth decay.” Some fruit juices and smoothies contain four times as much sugar as is recommended by the World Health Organization.

Tedstone said the survey demonstrated the need for a change in habits, particularly for children and teenagers.

Fruit juices and fizzy drinks provide the largest source of sugar for children aged between four and 18, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England found.
Fruit juices and fizzy drinks provide the largest source of sugar for children aged between four and 18, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey by Public Health England found.

Courtesy The Vancouver Sun

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