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March 2018

Fruit juice and its role in a healthy diet

Watch our new webinar to understand why Fruit Juice Matters and complete the CPD module towards your ongoing learning

There continues to be a great deal of confusion among patients and healthcare professionals about whether 100% fruit juice has a place in a healthy diet. We all know that pure fruit juice contains naturally-occurring sugars from the fruit itself, but it also contains many nutrients that are important for patients’ wellbeing including vitamin C, potassium and folate, and goes towards one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables. When consumed in the correct portion size of 150ml, fruit juice makes a nutritious contribution to a balanced diet.

Fruit Juice Matters, in association with Practice Nurse, is offering its readers a CPD module for your ongoing learning portfolio. Simply watch the new Fruit Juice Matters webinar – which can be found on the Practice Nurse website– and answer a few questions on what you have learnt. The Webinar is hosted by Dr Sarah Jarvis and Professor Johan de Rycker, who hope to recalibrate the debate and provide some of the positive scientific evidence that supports the daily consumption of 150ml of pure orange juice.

The Fruit Juice Matters initiative is for health professionals to communicate the facts and science supporting the health benefits associated with drinking fruit juice in-line with recommended portion guidance. This evidence and understanding will ensure you are able to help and answer your patients’ questions with scientifically-supported answers.

The webinar also includes a clear explanation from Professor de Rycker on the scientific understanding of what has been termed the ‘fructose hypothesis,’ which is the theory that too much fructose, which is one of the sugars in fruit and fruit juice, is a culprit in the rise in obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome.

Click here  to watch the video and complete the self-assessment. On completion you can download a certificate to add to your CPD portfolio.

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