In the early 1900s, the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers baseball club got its name from the survival skills that local folks needed to safely cross the borough's many trolley tracks.
A century later, trying to negotiate your way around the added sugars and syrups, trans and saturated fats, and refined grains that are packed into today's processed foods, you're going have to stay on your toes to avoid getting run over by these bad-for-you products.
Take fruit juice. Turns out it's not (we repeat, NOT!) a good way to get your daily servings of fruit!
In fact, you should consider it an added sugar! One 12-ounce glass of apple juice contains the same amount of sugar (10 teaspoons) as a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. And it's just as hard on your body.
Last year, the British Medical Journal published a study showing consumption of fruit juice is associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.
And according to a recent study in the journal Appetite, fruit juice raises your aortic, or central, blood pressure significantly, pumping it up by 3 to 4 points. That's enough to put many of you at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
Fortunately, there's an easy remedy. Eat whole fruits. They don't raise your blood pressure, and blueberries, grapes and apples, in particular, lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Also, enjoy veggie juices, as long as they're low in sugar (read the label).
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