Fruit Juice Might Be Dropped From Canada's Food Guide

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For many Canadians, sipping a tall glass of juice is an easy way to sneak in a serving of fruit first thing in the morning. But potential changes to Canada's Food Guide could make you reconsider that snack.

Following the Canadian Obesity Summit last month, Health Canada announced that it is reviewing its stance on recommending fruit juice as a single serving of fruits and vegetables, Health Canada spokesman Eric Morrissette tells CBC.

During the summit Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, director of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, was confronted by presenters and participants, who argued some Canadians might think it is okay to have two or three servings of juice to reduce the amount of fruit and veggies they actually eat, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

But consuming copious amounts of juice means ingesting extremely large amounts of sugar, reports the Canadian Medical Association Journal. In March of 2015, the World Health Organization urged countries to reduce the sugar intake of adults and children around the world to five per cent of their daily energy intake.

The review comes at a time when juicing is being revived as a hot health trend for millennials. But some medical professionals are quick to warn against the trend. The Heart And Stroke Foundation notes that while drinking juice is a good option for those who dislike eating vegetables, it is high in sugar and calories and lacks heart-healthy fibre.

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