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100 Percent Juice Not Linked to Overweight Kids

Despite the bad rap calorie-packed beverages get for leading to weight gain, researchers say a new study shows at least one type of drink is not linked to kids being overweight.

Child nutrition researcher Theresa Nicklas, DrPH, LN, of the USDA Children's Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, found 100 percent fruit juice does not put kids at risk for weight gain. She was quoted as saying, "Even among the children who consumed the most juice, we found no association at all with the children being overweight or at risk for overweight." In fact, kids in the study who were 2 or 3 years old and drank the most juice were nearly three-times less likely to be overweight or at high risk than kids who didn't drink juice.

According to Dr. Nicklas, 100 percent juice consumption was also not linked to kids drinking less milk -- a common misperception. One surprising finding was that 57 percent of the kids in the study (who were all between ages 2 and 11) drank no juice at all.

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SOURCE: The Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, May 5-8, 2007

Our Source: www.ivanhoe.com Reported May 9, 2007

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