Juicy News for Fruit Lovers
Fruit juices provide health benefits, but drink them in moderation.
Same Benefits, Cheaper Price continued...
Still, counters Shawn Talbott, PhD, chief scientific officer for
SupplementWatch, for less money (Tahitian noni juice sells for $42/liter), you
can find the same antioxidant, cancer-fighting, heart-protecting, and
immune-boosting benefits in juices sold at your local grocery store.
"Yes, it is true that many of these exotic plants have a variety of
antioxidants and polysaccharides - but so does EVERY plant and fruit juice. For
every test tube study showing a chemical benefit of mangosteen or aloe or gac
(as an antioxidant, immune stimulator, etc) - we can show the SAME effect in
studies of other 'regular' plant extracts and juices (grape juice, orange
juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, etc.)," Talbott writes in his
The juicy bottom line, say the experts, is that juices can be part of a
healthy lifestyle, especially when it's inconvenient or impractical to eat the
whole fruit. But drinking more doesn't translate into more health benefits, so
limit your juice to 1 serving a day (if you'd like to spread that out over the
day, dilute a serving with sparkling water), make sure you stay well hydrated
with other beverages like water, coffee, or tea (the latter two also have
antioxidant properties), and don't make the mistake of thinking that a glass of
juice takes the place of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.