Dallas Chiropractic Neurologist Comments:
Have you seen the new Mott's Apple Juice commercial featuring Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross and two really cute kids (not hers, by the way)? You can watch it below....
It's the latest example of how to make your kids sick.
At 12 seconds in, you get the great news....
Since when is fruit juice the same thing as an actual serving of whole fruit? Don't believe it. Not for a second.
They're making that claim because www.mypyramid.gov says that 1/2 cup juice contains 1/2 cup fruit. This is totally flawed thinking. And another example of how screwed-up our collective thinking is about nutrition in this country.
Whole fruit has fiber and lignans and all sorts of goodies hiding in the pulp and skin. Fruit juice does NOT have these. What fruit juice does have is SUGAR.
Yes, even 'natural' sugar from fruit is the same as the sugar in that Snicker's bar. Your body does not know the difference.
The fiber etc in the whole fruit slows the down the absorbing of the sugar--VERY IMPORTANT. Drinking the juice is not a whole lot different than letting your kid drink a Coke.
Blood sugar regulation is HUGE. Every cell of your child's body (and yours) needs R E G U L A R blood glucose. Not spikes and valleys from eating simple sugars and junk.
Every single case of ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism and Asperger's that I've ever seen has hasd a blood sugar problem. They weren't already diagnosed as diabetic, but they FUNCTIONALLY had insulin resistance, hypoglycemia and other blood sugar disturbances.
That's why blood sugar regulation is part of the treatment plan for every one of my patients, no matter if I'm helping Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Pseudotumor Cerebri, Peripheral Neuropathy, Vertigo, autoimmune conditions....doesn't matter what the symptoms are or what the age is. I look at blood sugar in every one.
You can be pro-active and keep your kids out of my office by not allowing them to drink fruit juice. Eat the whole fruit instead. It's much, much better for you.