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Drinking two glasses of fruit juice a day is actually pretty bad for you

A survey by the UK’s health body found that breakfast cereals are pushing children’s sugar levels over the recommended limits.

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THE UK’S GOVERNMENT health body has said one glass of fruit juice a day is the most a person should drink as a survey found that these juices, as well as cereals, are significantly contributing to children’s sugar levels.

Average intakes of sugar exceeded the recommended limits for all age groups – most notably for children aged 4 to 10 and 11 to 18. The national diet survey found the main source of non milk extrinsic sugars – which are bad for your teeth and other parts of you – for children was non-alcoholic beverages like soft drinks and fruit juices.

Cereals and cereal products were the other major contributor in children – mainly from cakes, biscuits and breakfast cereals. Similar results were also found in adult sugar intakes.

The Telegraph reports that chief nutritionist for the UK body said the best drinks for school-aged children are water and low-fat milk.

“Fruit juice is also a good choice as it can be included as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables per day,” she said. “However it should only be drunk once a day and with a meal because it can be high in sugar and can cause tooth decay.”

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