Fruit Juice

 

We frequently get the questions why we do not have fruit in our formula. First of all, we adhere to the principals of food combining. And believe that sweet fruits should be taken alone.

The only way to achieve getting fruit into our formula would be through using fruit juice concentrate, which leads to a myriad of other issues wed rather not cast upon those using our products.

Fruit juice concentrates, sometimes used as "healthy sweeteners," usually have quite a lot of fructose (never mind that the processing of these concentrates strips away most of their nutritional value). Fruit juices such as apple or grape juice in concentrated form are widely used sweeteners. Theyre used in commercial formulas to increase calories and to replace fats in low-fat products because they retain water and provide bulk, which improve the appearance and mouth feel of the food. Although they may seem healthier and more natural than high-fructose corn syrup, fruit-juice concentrates also have high levels of fructose. Fruit-juice concentrates are another way that empty calories get into our diets.

Fructose at least in large quantities, may have some serious drawbacks. Fructose is metabolized almost exclusively in the liver. Its more likely to result in the creation of fats, which increase the risk for heart disease. One of the most alarming revelations on this sugar in the body is that the consumption of fructose elevates uric acid levels. The chief of the Division of Kidney Disease and Hypertension at the University of Colorado, Dr. Richard Johnson, has been involved in extensive research into fructose, uric acid levels, and overall health. He urges the public to re-consider their consumption of fructose to stabilize their uric acid levels. According to his research there seems to be a strong link between fructose consumption and increased uric acid levels; there also is an undeniable connection between uric acid levels, toxicity from fructose, and cardiovascular disease.

So please, when someone tries to tell you a product that contains fruit juice concentrate is healthy, tell them to just move on down the road!

Interview with Dr. Richard Johnson: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/18/fructose-and-the-fat-switch.aspx