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Fruit drinks marketed as ‘healthy’ found to be unhealthy
January 6, 2015, 5:01 pm

According to a new study, fruit drinks marketed at children as being healthy can contain as much sugar as a can of coke.

Fruit juice is not the same as fresh fruit and it has as much sugar as many classical sugar drinks. Fruit drinks are especially not a good option if you are trying to control your blood sugar levels due to diabetes, insulin resistance or polycystic ovarian syndrome. It is always better to stick to fresh fruits to get more nutrition and keep everything in control.

Speaking to local media, the Director of Media Bureau at Kuwait’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Ghalia Al-Mutairi, said that a recent study conducted by Dr. Fawaz Al-Rifaie, Chief of Pediatric Department of Al-Addan Hospital, showed that 92 percent of Kuwaiti high school students regularly take sugar-filled soft drinks and highly-sweetened fruit juices.

The director went on to say that the study also found students who drank more sweetened drinks shunned milk and other dairy products, especially male students, among whom 28 percent were considered overweight and 23 percent to be obese.

Scientific studies have shown that consuming even one sugary drink a day is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even in people with normal weight.

Saying that the recent study would be instrumental in her bureau’s efforts to mount an awareness campaign on the health risks associated with drinking soft drinks and sugary fruit juices, Dr. Ghalia added, “If you can, always choose fresh fruit and vegetables over juice. They will not only give you fiber and more nutrients, but also more likely far fewer calories.”

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