Is Drinking Too Much Juice Bad For You?
A recent study titled, “Association of Sugary Beverage Consumption With Mortality Risk in US Adults” has raised concerns that drinking too many sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice can increase your risk of mortality. Here’s what you need to know: juice is a nutrient-dense beverage that when consumed in the appropriate servings is good for you. There is no conclusive evidence that drinking 100% fruit juice is associated with chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and obesity.
Studies such as this one do not prove cause and effect. The results of this research are also considered weak and unreliable. A person’s health is dependent upon the totality of their diet – not one specific food or beverage.
One hundred percent juice is classified within the fruit group by the US Dietary Guidelines because it is nutritionally similar to the whole fruit it is squeezed from, and contains the same essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. One hundred percent juice also contains no added sugar.
More than 80 percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Instead of unnecessarily alarming people about drinking juice, health professionals should encourage Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables in all forms, including 100% juice.
For more information about potential health-boosting properties of your favorite juices, explore our Juice Varieties page. To learn how 100% juice can complement your healthy lifestyle, visit our Healthy Habits page.