Researchers have recently found that people who regularly drink fruit juice are at a significantly higher risk of having increased blood pressure than those who have it occasionally.
The scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Australia found that a glass of fruit juice daily can make people have significantly higher central blood pressure, which can result in increased risk of problems like heart attack or angina.
The central blood pressure can be measured in the aorta, which is the large artery inside which the heart pumps oxygen-filled blood to spread across the entire body.
The author of the study Dr Matthew Pase said that these findings are important because 'there is a common perception that fruit juice is healthy'.
He told the Daily Express `although juices may have essential vitamins, they commonly contain high amounts of sugar with negligible fibre’.
'Thus, frequent fruit juice consumption may be contributing to excessive sugar intake, typical of the Western population, exacerbating the prevalence of hypertension [high blood pressure] and cardiovascular disease.'
In Britain, the fruit juice is held responsible for fuelling obesity and diabetes as a 250ml serving contains 115 calories which is equal to seven teaspoons of sugar. A can of cola contains 139 calories.
Fruit juice has also been held responsible for rotting of teeth in children. On in every eight children have been found to be suffering from tooth decay by the age of three.
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News source: dailymail.co.uk
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