Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Juice, it's no better the pop

Your child doesn't like apples, oranges, bananas, and every other fruit under the sun, so you go for the next best alternative juice. He loves it and in fact he can get all 6 servings of fruits and vegetables just by drinking 3 cups of it. There's one problem juice isn't exactly equal to fruit.

For juice to count as a serving of fruit it must be labeled as '100% fruit juice'. Juices labeled as 'drink', 'beverage', 'punch', 'cocktail', or 'ade' are mostly made of sugar, flavouring, and water, so there is little or no actual fruit juice.

If you buy the 100% fruit juice, you'll get your vitamin and minerals, sounds good so far. Unfortunately, the sugar and calories in juice are comparable to soft drinks and you're missing out on the fiber in fruits that keeps us full. Guidelines suggest limiting to 125ml per day. Unfortunately, the juice companies didn't get the memo and will continue to make 250ml juice boxes and 591ml bottles of juice. Thank goodness for Junior Juice -the only juice (I know of) in 125ml box. Even better yet, keep juice out of the daily routine and let them get excited when juice comes around.

100% pure fruit juice 1 can (355 mL)
165 calories
11 tsp sugar


Regular pop 1 can (355 mL)
156 calories
10.7 tsp sugar


Susie said...

yeah I just gave Sadie pop, she loves it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm aware of the evils of juice (and other related fruit beverages that are fattening up the rising generation) but 125ml at a time. That's like getting a speeding ticket for going 2km over the limit - poor and not really fast (as opposed to the fat and not really quenched with the 125ml serving).

LindsayB said...

i'm with the anon comment. what if i give 250ml every other day?