Updated June 1st, 2024 at 23:03 IST

ICMR Issues Summer Guidelines: Limit Sugarcane Juice, Soft Drinks Intake

By heeding these guidelines, individuals can make informed choices to promote better health and well-being during summers.

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As temperatures soar, many seek refreshment in juices and cold drinks, including the popular choice of sugarcane juice. However, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has cautioned against excessive consumption due to its high sugar content, part of 17 new guidelines promoting healthier eating habits in collaboration with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).

High sugar content in sugarcane juice

Highlighting sugarcane juice's significant sugar levels, with 13-15 grams per 100 milliliters, the ICMR urges minimal consumption, aligning with daily sugar intake recommendations of no more than 30 grams for adults and 24 grams for children aged 7 to 10.

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Choose whole fruits over juices

The ICMR suggests favouring whole fruits over juices with added sugar due to their fibre and nutrient content. Freshly made juices should use no more than 100-150 grams of whole fruit.

Soft Drinks: Not a substitute for water

Both carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks are discouraged due to their sugar, artificial sweeteners, and additives. Alternatives like buttermilk, lemon water, and coconut water are recommended.

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Health risks of tea and coffee

The guidelines caution against excessive tea and coffee consumption due to caffeine content, advising moderation to avoid potential health risks, including iron deficiency and cardiac irregularities.

Encouragement of a balanced diet

The ICMR underscores the importance of a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and seafood alongside these beverage recommendations.

By heeding these guidelines, individuals can make informed choices to promote better health and well-being.

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Published June 1st, 2024 at 23:03 IST