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Would You Take the Risk of Consuming Fruit Juices?

Dr. Khalid is a health researcher and science writer with a Ph.D. in clinical research.


Should You Stop Drinking Fruit Juices?

A recently published research study in Medical-News-Today correlates the consumption of 100% fruit juices and sugary drinks with the risk of cancer. The study considers the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (including artificial or natural drinks) as the deterministic factor of cancer development. The impact of fruit juices on cardiometabolic health has been widely published in clinical literature. Research studies have proved the association of fruit juice consumption with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. Prolonged consumption of fruit juices increases the glycemic load and insulin resistance that eventually triggers the activity of cancer-causing genes. Scientific studies on various cancers have revealed the influence of high sugar levels on oncogenes that increases the risk of endometrial, gallbladder, pancreatic, hepatocellular, and breast cancers. However, many scientific studies still do not support the adverse effects of natural fruit juices on the health and wellness of human beings. These studies emphasize the combined effect of physical activity level, dietary habits, metabolic profile, and genetic configuration on the cancer predisposition of individuals. The limited evidence, however, does not negate the adverse effects of natural fruit juices in healthy individuals.

Do Benefits of Natural Fruit Juices Supersede their Health Risks?

Several research studies have confirmed numerous health benefits of fruits and vegetable juices. The vitamins and polyphenols in fruit juices, according to some studies, help maintain lipid levels and blood pressure in healthy people. These findings reveal the potential of fruit juices in protecting cardiovascular health and wellness. The contrary results necessitate further research to understand the health advantages versus deleterious effects of fruit juices on human health. The protective effects of apple juice, guava juice, cherry juice, orange juice, carrot juice, and beetroot juice have been duly acknowledged in health care literature. These fruit juices prove to be a rich source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, nitrates, anthocyanin, and flavanones. Furthermore, no definitive guideline directs their complete exclusion from the dietary regimens. Interestingly, some studies have provided evidence related to the anti-inflammatory, anticoagulatory, and antioxidant effects of these fruits in the human population. It’s therefore not clear, how these fruits could trigger cancer mechanisms despite reducing the oxidative stress and platelet aggregation in the human body.

Do Fruit Juices Influence Your Mental Health?

Medical literature reveals the potential of vegetables and fruits in terms of minimizing the psychological distress of individuals. The high consumption of fruits not only improves self-efficacy but also controls depressive symptoms to a considerable extent. However, these studies still do not provide conclusive evidence related to the mental health benefits of natural fruit juices. A research article published in PubMed correlates the high consumption of fruit juices with the risk of thyroid cancer. Some unsubstantiated claims advocate the mental health benefits of raw juices. These claims also support the positive influence of raw juices on electrolyte balance and healing. Similar claims support the potential of fruit juices in terms of increasing the acetylcholine levels in the human brain. The only mental health benefit of fruit juices is probably based on their nutritive value that assists to accomplish the nutritional and energy requirements of the central nervous system.

The Difficult Choice!

The traditional systems of medicine direct the consumption of fruit juices after the consumption of a heavy meal. The intake of fruit juices in a state of an empty stomach could disturb the acid-base balance in the gastrointestinal system. The regular consumption of sweetened or natural fruit juices could, therefore, be a tough decision for people who prefer replacing their breakfast with different fruit juices. Alternatively, the consumption of raw fruits is always advisable since this could reduce the health adversities one might experience due to the added flavor or natural sugars in fruit juices. The consumption of raw fruits not only increases the intake of fibers but also leads to better assimilation of vitamins and nutrients. These facts direct the occasional consumption of fruit juices merely to satisfy the desire of taste buds. Finally, the consumption of raw fruits rather than fruit juices seems to be a better option to take the maximum health advantage of their nutrients and calories.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Dr Khalid Rahman

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