Thursday, 31 May 2007

A study of Greenwich Students Shows Apple Juice to Prevent Asthma

A recent study into childhood consumption of fruit and fruit juices has revealed a significant link between the consumption of apple juice made from concentrate and protection against respiratory problems like asthma.

Peter Burney from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London, London assessed 2640 primary school children aged five and 10 years old in Greenwich and found that while the consumption of other fruits and vegetables were obviously beneficial, only apple juice concentrate had a preventative effect for asthma.

The prevention also improved in relation to how much of the drink the child consumed, prompting Mr Burnley to state that he would like to initiate more studies into the exact mechanics of the protective elements in apple juice.

Currently the British Dietary Association recommends that young children's drinks are restricted to milk and water, as many fruit juices have a high sugar content which can damage young children's teeth. Fizzy drinks are also off the menu to protect children's teeth and avoid obesity.


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