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Nutritional value of fruit juices and fruit juice drinks



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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

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NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF FRUIT JUICES AND FRUIT

. JUICE DRINKS

Statements in the media that processed fruit juices are

no more nutritious than soft drinks and contain the same amount

of added sugar are likely to mislead the consumer, the Acting

Director-General of Health, Dr Cyril Evans, said in Canberra

today.

He was referring to reports in the Press on the results

of a survey carried out by Sydney University on commercially

available fruit and vegetable juices.

These were preliminary results only, Dr Evans stressed.

However, contrary to the impression given by the media, the

results show that the content of the most important nutrient

in processed fruit juices, vitamin C, was above the National

Health and Medical Research Council's recommended level in all

the juices analysed.

Generally, the total sugar content of fruit juices was

significantly lower than that in soft drinks. Naturally

-occurring sugars, such as fructose and glucose, make up the

bulk of the total content of sugars in fruit juices, whereas

the sugars in soft drink are added in manufacture.

Dr Evans said that although freshly squeezed juice is

best, processed fruit juices are indeed nutritious and

currently provide a valuable source of vitamin C in the

Australian diet. .

CANBERRA: 4 May 1982