Healthier Juice Choices
A recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association has shown that children and teenagers are drinking too many carbonated drinks and fruit-flavored juices, and not enough drinks that are 100 percent juice. Juices that are labeled as fruit flavored are generally less nutritious than ones that are 100 percent juice.
Labeling can be deceptive. Many fruit-flavored drinks do have vitamin C added to them, which is usually advertised clearly on the package. But these flavored drinks are often only about 10 percent real fruit juice, and they usually have a high level of added sweeteners. The 100 percent juices have more vitamins and minerals and less sugar.
There’s another benefit to drinking 100 percent juice: it helps kids meet the “five-a-day” (five daily servings of fruits and vegetables) recommendation of nutrition experts. For example, an 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice is more than one fruit serving.
American Dietetic Association; Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 2003.