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Ban juice at the breakfast table, says obesity adviser

By John von Radowitz

Parents should ban fruit juice on the breakfast table and replace it with water, the government's chief obesity adviser has said.

Professor Susan Jebb, from Oxford University, said: "I'd prefer to get sugar out of drinks altogether – a shift to low or no calorie drinks, and preferably water."

She was backed by fellow nutritionist Professor Tom Sanders, from King's College London.

"Kids should be getting their fluid from drinking water," he said.

"We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food instead of some sort of fruity beverage."

Prof Sanders also attacked schools for not providing enough break time for children to eat proper meals, and the bad example shown by celebrity chefs. "You watch the master chefs and they do everything that makes a nutritionist's hair stand on end," he said. "Mary Berry, bless her..."

But he added that at least the "Great British Bake Off" star had "got it right" by only eating small amounts of her creations.

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