In the U.S., we’re more likely to consume fruit juices and other citrus fruits.
The U.K., France, Italy, Australia, and Canada are all among the countries with the highest rates of consumption, according to the Beverage Marketing Institute, an industry group.
But the United States is the only nation that drinks less fruit juice than France.
In a study published in the journal American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that the U,S.
consumes less than a fifth of the fruit juice it consumes in Europe.
But it also consumed more than a quarter of the juice produced in Italy and a quarter in Australia.
Americans don’t drink as much fruit juice as Europeans.
“If you don’t eat fruit, it doesn’t come from fruit trees,” says Andrew Fagan, a researcher at Cornell University and the co-author of the Cornell study.
That means Americans have less of a role in producing the fruit they consume.
“We’re very, very much a consumer of the fruits we consume,” Fagan says.
“So the idea that we have a low consumption of fruits in the U: we have no idea.”
So why do Americans consume more fruit juice?
The beverage industry, Fagan said, has been making an effort to promote fruit juice in recent years.
“It’s been the primary driver for increased consumption,” Fagen says.
The beverage industry has even started to take more responsibility for marketing fruit juice, he says.
Fagan thinks the beverage industry is getting better at marketing fruit, but it hasn’t gotten better at understanding the health benefits of consuming it.
“The industry needs to make sure they’re not overstating what fruit is and what fruit does and that they’re making the right products,” Faggins says.
It’s not that the beverage companies don’t want to promote it.
The industry’s goal is to get Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, Faggens says.
And, he argues, that’s what they’ve done.
However, the American Beverage Association and the Beverages Association of America, two industry groups, have fought for years to increase the amount of fruit juice Americans consume.
“The American Beverages association and the American beverage association are working together to advocate for more fruit and vegetable products in the marketplace,” a spokesman for the American Beer Wholesalers Association said in a statement to CBS News.
And the industry has tried to make it clear that Americans don’st need to make the switch to fruit juice.
The American Beveraging Association has been pushing for people to switch to other beverages like tea, wine, and coffee.
And the American Food & Drug Administration has said that fruit juices are not a safe alternative to regular soda.
Even though fruit juice consumption has increased, the industry says the amount Americans are consuming is actually dropping.
The Beverages Institute released a survey last year showing that Americans are drinking fewer fruit juice drinks and juices.
But the number of Americans who drink more than six servings of fruit each month remains stubbornly high.
The number of people who drink seven to more than 14 servings a month has more than doubled since the mid-1990s, according an analysis by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.
Some experts say we may be seeing an increase in obesity among Americans, because we are drinking more fruit.
Fagan says that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“I’m not saying that it’s healthy, I’m saying that if you’re eating fruit that’s healthy to do it,” he says, adding that people who don’t like to drink fruit juice are “not the people who are going to get diabetes or hypertension or all of those sorts of things.”
Fagan adds that the American public should focus on other health benefits, such as the reduction in obesity and heart disease rates.
“There’s a lot of good that comes from having a diet that’s high in fruits and veggies and fiber,” he said.
“People who don´t like fruit don’t necessarily have to have a diabetes or high blood pressure or hypertension.
And I think that’s a great thing to do.”
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