New review suggests drinking 100 percent fruit juice may offer disease-fighting benefits

Drinking 100 percent fruit juices could have protective health benefits similar to those of whole fruits, according to research presented in a literature review yesterday at the 2011 Experimental Biology (EB) meeting.

Highlights from a new report summarizing recent research on the potential benefits of fruit juice suggest a positive association between intake of 100 percent juice and reduced risk for several , including cancer, markers for cardiovascular disease and .

"While it is universally accepted that fruit and vegetable intake is protective, there is not a clear consensus about the benefits of consuming the juices that are extracted from them," said the review's author, Dianne Hyson, PhD, MS, RD. "An analysis of the scientific evidence suggests that 100 percent fruit juices retain important bioactive components that may promote good health and aid in disease prevention."

Among the included in the review, consumption of apple, citrus, cranberry, grape, and pomegranate juices all showed beneficial effects. Markers of improved health ranged from reductions in (cranberry) to improvements in age-related cognitive decline (grape and apple) to reduced risk of prostate () and respiratory and digestive (orange, grapefruit) cancers. Additionally, intake of all juices was linked to heightened antioxidant activity.

Research examined in the review, which was completed at the University of California - Davis, included a range of study types, from in vitro to clinical trials (60 papers total), all published in 2005 or later.

More information: For more information on the health benefits of 100 percent fruit juice, please visit www.fruitjuicefacts.org

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Doug_Huffman
1 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2011
I am so sick of adulterated, diluted, fruit juices. I live near the source of cranberries, d'ya think I can get cranberry juice? Ha! Welcome to Obowma's third world. Watch the cost of quality wine.
J-n
5 / 5 (1) Apr 11, 2011
I live pretty near OceanSpray's cranberry fields myself, and have been unable to get the pure Cranberry juice for awhile... At least since Regan.. so i doubt this is an obama issue.

Why bring politics into an obviously non-political issue?