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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 24, 2014

More Fruit, Less Fruit Juice

JAMA. 2014;312(12):1186. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11472

Children in the United States are eating more fruit and drinking less fruit juice, which investigators said are “encouraging patterns.”

They tracked the trends by analyzing dietary recall data in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys in 2003-2004 and 2009-2010. The data showed that for every 1000 calories they consumed, children’s total fruit intake increased by an average of 3% per year, or 13% for the entire study period. Whole fruit consumption increased by an average of 12% per year, or 67% over the period, while fruit juice consumption decreased by about 5% per year, or 29% during the period (Kim SA et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[31]:671-676).

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