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A glass of fruit juice ( a so called healthy drink) has been found to contain the same amount of  sugar as 3.5 doughnuts or 13 hobnob biscuits.  Exclusive research for the Mail online showed that one serving of white grape juice contained the same amount of sugar as four glazed doughnuts.

Until recently, we thought the ‘bad’ drinks were those such as Coke and Pepsi, while orange juice was an easy way to get one of our ‘five a day’.  Unfortunately even drinking fresh fruit drinks cause almost as much harm as yyour typical fizzy drink.  Rather than buying a fresh fruit drink or using a juicer it is far better to use a blender such as a Nutribullet because nothing is wasted and all the fibre in the fruit is digested this helps prevent a sugar overload to your system and may help to prevent the development of diabetes.  Diabetes is a common disease which occurs with a high carbohydrate diet.

One leading U.S. expert, Dr Robert Lusti argues in his new book ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’,  that it doesn’t matter whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, fresh fruit juice, fizzy drinks or smoothies, now I don’t believe that smoothies should be in this exact category because of the fibre in them.

These sugars are overloading our livers andmay cause illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes type 1 and 2 and also obesity, which not only affects our quality of life, but also costs the NHS over £5.5 billion a year.  Modern diets are high in fat and carbohydrate, studies have shown that humans and animals cannot regulate a combination of fat AND carbohydrate and consequently we overeat particularly in the western world….the USA being a particularly prime example.

What can you do?

Keep off the soft drinks

Have a glass of water about half an hour before you have fruit drink (preferably a blended fruits drink, add a few nuts as well!) you will not feel as thirsty and can have a smaller glass.