Monday, May 14, 2007

Juicy end to troubling accusations

100% fruit juice has been getting a bad rap as a culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic. Those folks pointing fingers at the child favorite should think again as new research suggests that there is no link between childhood obesity and drinking 100% fruit juice.

Experts say that while it's important that kids drink the good stuff (100 percent juice) that juice with lots of added sugar is just as bad as soda.

Additionally, doctors were surprised to find that the majority of U.S. children didn't drink juice. 57 percent drank no juice at all, despite guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggesting that kids drink a half cup a day.

The new research was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Toronto last week.