Juice isn't as healthy for you as you think

Honestly, it makes me want to start a smoothie company, which is much healthier than juice as it contains the fiber. Don't drink orange juice - eat the actual orange or blend it.


https://health.ucdavis.edu/blog/good-food/is-frui….

Is fruit juice bad for you and your children?

It's no secret that kids (and some of us adults) love fruit juice. Many of us grew up drinking fruit juice, and parents often think 100% fruit juice is healthy. But is it really?

UC Davis Health pediatriciansΒ Lena Rothstein andΒ Dean BlumbergΒ tackled thisΒ juicy topicΒ in their podcastΒ Kids Considered:

We often like the taste of fruit juice because it's a sweet drink. But it's no secret that sweet often means more sugar, even if it's natural sugar.

Think about whole fruits that are sweeter – they have more natural sugars that make them taste sweet. Same goes for those 100% fruit juices, which may not have any added sugars. Too much sugar of any kind isn't healthy.

Fruit juices often have added flavors, food coloring or other additives.

In addition,Β news came out in JanuaryΒ that many fruit juices can contain lead or other metals,Β according to Consumer Reports.

The studyΒ looked at 24 national and private label brands and tested 45 juices of different flavors. Many of them had elevated levels of lead, according to the report. These metals can lead to neurodevelopmental problems in children.

Does 100% fruit juice still have sugar?

Now back to the sugar concerns: Fruit juices are a concentrated source of sugar for children.

In one popular apple juice brand, which we have chosen not to name, one 4 oz. box contained 14 grams of sugar. That equals about 3 teaspoons of sugar.
In a 6 oz. box of a popular orange juice, it was found to have 18 grams of sugar, or a little more than 4 teaspoons.

If you compare that to a can of soda, in terms of volume, it's about the same – and those are fruit juices with no added sugar.

Is eating whole fruit that much better than drinking fruit juice?

Yes! Whole fruits provide fiber by way of the skin and pulp. Fiber has been shown to decrease the risk of colon cancer, lower cholesterol and help control blood pressure. It's also associated with living longer, studies suggest.

In addition, whole fruits contain some vitamins that don't make it into the juice. Some edible fibers in the skin and pulp are removed during the juicing process.

Whole fruit also takes longer to eat causing a slower calorie intake, which can decrease the risk of obesity. Finally, fruit juice has more concentrated sugar and calories as compared to whole fruit.

What other negative impacts can fruit juice have?

Drinking fruit juice can replace consuming other beneficial liquids, like breast milk for babies or water for the rest of us.

The more concentrated sugar and calories in fruit juice can lead to obesity and inappropriate weight gain. Excessive weight gain is associated with high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and other negative health issues later in life.

Is it safer to dilute fruit juice with water?

Not necessarily. Even diluted juice can increase the risk of cavities and decrease the chance of drinking other beneficial liquids.

My child loves fruit juice, so is there a safe amount to give them?

TheΒ American Academy of PediatricsΒ recommendsΒ children under 1 year of age drink no fruit juice. It is ok for children 1 to 3 years of age to drink up to 4 oz. per day, but parents should focus on offering whole fruit or water instead.

Children ages 4 to 6 can have 4 to 6 oz. of fruit juice per day. Children older than 6 should not drink more than 8 oz. per day, which is basically a small glass.

Children who are overweight or obese should eliminate juice from their diet.

A few juicy words of advice for parents from the pediatricians:

  • Don't put your child to bed with juice or milk.Β It leaves teeth covered with sugar and can feed the bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay.
  • Avoid giving your children fruit juice in sippy cups.Β Sippy cups make it easier to drink juice throughout the day, leading kids to decrease healthier food intake.
  • Negative impacts of fruit juice will have negative impacts on obese children.Β Ultimately, children should avoid drinking any sugary drinks, including sports drinks and other sweet drinks. Just by cutting out those liquids, you will likely see dramatic effects on a child's weight.

Comments (14)

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financeabc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are pluses and minuses to drinking juice. Β On the plus side, fruit juices are high in vitamin c and other nutrients like potassium as well as being low in sodium. Β On the negative side, fruit juice has a lot of sugar and calories.,Β 

I mostly drink milk with protein powder and water with a little lime juice in it. Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
financeabc

There are pluses and minuses to drinking juice. Β On the plus side, fruit juices are high in vitamin c and other nutrients like potassium as well as being low in sodium. Β On the negative side, fruit juice has a lot of sugar and calories.,Β 

Yeah good points.Β 

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Mr_Agree_to_Disagree, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is this an advert or a PSA? Did make me want to get some Jamba though.

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Mr_Agree_to_Disagree

Is this an advert or a PSA? Did make me want to get some Jamba though.

PSA, but also think there is a place in the market for smoothies in bottles at the grocery store.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Mr_Agree_to_Disagree, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž
Mr_Agree_to_Disagree

Is this an advert or a PSA? Did make me want to get some Jamba though.

PSA, but also think there is a place in the market for smoothies in bottles at the grocery store.Β 

So like an Odwalla? Those are pretty tasty, just gotta say...

Frozen goods meant for the blender, or premade to just pop from the refridge aisle to pop top and ready to go? Inquiring minds want to know.

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rumanddone, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is not an unpopular opinion and has been common knowledge for years… that's why people are buying less of it

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

rumanddone

This is not an unpopular opinion and has been common knowledge for years… that's why people are buying less of it

Yeah you're right - and that's a good thing. But, there is still a whole juice aisle in stores with every single juice imaginable. The shelf space needs to be replaced by smoothies.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/297320/us-fruit-juice-consumption/

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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bing chat, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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I try to limit myself to one of these a day but they are really good before bed etc - like a glass of milk before bed but better (reminds me of smoothies etc)Β 

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Turkey Sandwich, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The amount of sugar in the American diet is insane and likely contributes to so much of our health issues and cost.Β 
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I never have soda and rarely (once a month or two) have juice, yet the amount of added sugars in everyday items like bread, sauces, and even milk is still super high. Not to mention snacks and actual fruit. It's crazy how much sugar is in our supply chain.Β 

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monkey0114, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yep even just like pre prepared sandwiches and pasta boxes from supermarkets have like 10-15g of sugar in them. The only way to avoid this is to cook and make everything yourself which is not too sustainable on 80 hours a week

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