There are 3 types of fruit juices offered commercially. The 1st type are the so-called fresh squeezed, which are 100% pasteurized, also called fresh juices.
Fruit nectars are the 2nd type of fruit juices on the market. They contain less juice and the taste is significantly more sour. They are most often produced from plums, apricots, pears or blackcurrants. There is 25 to 50% pulp mass from the fruits, blended and diluted with sweetened water.
The 3rd type are fruit drinks that contain barely 10-20% fruit extract. They are most popular due to their low price. The remainder of their contents are water, sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives.
A new study done by scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia has discovered a real health risk from the consumption of fruit juices - high blood pressure.
It is guaranteed for people who regularly drink fruit juices. The bizarre thing is that just one cup a day can lead to serious problems, such as heart attack or angina.
Dr. Matthew Pace, head of the study, explained that even though fruit juices contain important vitamins, they also contain high amounts of sugar, in combination with a minimal amount of fiber.
It is this daily dose of juice that can increase the intake of sugar. This leads to worsening hypertonia and cardiovascular diseases. Plus it has been established that fruit juices are the greatest contributors to obesity and cases of diabetes in Great Britain.
In just 1 cup (250 mL) of juice, there are 115 calories. That is equal to 7 tablespoons of sugar. For comparison, a can of Coca-Cola contains 139 cal.
Experts' opinion is that fruit juices are indeed the main culprits for the exceptionally horrid conditions of teeth in children. 1 in every 8 children in developed nations has cavities as early as 3 years of age.