Fruit juice should not be part of your five a day, says government adviser

Fruit juice has as much sugar as many soft drinks and should be removed from five-a-day guidance, says obesity expert
 

An adviser to the government on obesity has called for fruit juice to be removed from the recommended list of five-a-day portions of fruit or vegetables, saying it contains as much sugar as many soft drinks.

Susan Jebb, head of diet and obesity research at the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, told the Sunday Times she had herself stopped drinking orange juice and advised others to do so, or at least drink it diluted. The paper quoted her as saying she would support a wider tax on sugar-heavy drinks.

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