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University of California Research — The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice Fruit...
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"The Sugar in Fruit vs. Soda vs. Fruit Juice

Fruit has a lot of things in it besides sugar: fiber, minerals, vitamins and some bioactive compounds that probably haven’t even been discovered yet. Scientists argue that when you eat fruit, the sugar is packaged in fiber, which takes our bodies a long time to digest (thus slowly releasing the sugar into our bloodstream).

On the other hand, soda and sugar-sweetened beverages have pretty much only one thing in them and that’s the sugar. This liquid sugar is the leading single source of added sugar in the American diet (about 36% of the added sugar we consume).

But what about the sugar in fruit juice…is fruit juice as bad as soda?

Dr. Kimber Stanhope from UC Davis gets asked this a lot. The short answer is that no one really knows for sure.
"It drives me crazy that I don’t know the answer for sure. I have not found any studies in the scientific literature that have actually compared the consumption of a sugar-sweetened beverage to a fruit juice-sweetened beverage for more than one day. So we’re going to do a 2-week study…one group will be getting fruit juice (orange juice), the other group will get a sucrose-sweetened beverage.

And I think it’s very important that this study gets done because there are many scientists out there that have made the assumption that fruit juice is just as bad as sucrose [because fruit juice doesn’t have the fiber found in fruit], and they might be right, but I don’t know. There is evidence in the literature —epidemiological studies— that suggest that fruit juice is protective compared to a sugar-sweetened beverage, and there is also a couple of studies that suggest they’re just as bad. We need to know.”

Stanhope points out that the answer may even differ for each type of fruit juice (grapefruit juice, apple juice, orange juice, etc.). She hopes to study the question in more detail once the preliminary results come in."
health  nutrition  fruit  sugar  2015  soda  kimberstanhope 
january 2015 by robertogreco

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