About The Buzz: Fruit & Vegetable Headlines
The BUZZ: Kids who drink more juice have a better intake of vitamins and
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
WHAT WE KNOW
Why is juice often thought of as unhealthy? Products that are labeled
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Additionally, this study is the first to show that fruit juice consumers were more likely to exceed the Adequate Intake for calcium than those not consuming juice. It is unclear if this is due to intake of calcium-fortified juices or if fruit juice was more likely to be consumed alongside calcium-rich foods and beverages. These results underscore the role of 100% juice as a nutrient-dense beverage.
Worried about calories and sugar in juice? While consuming 100% juice is nutritious for you (and certainly a convenient and tasty part of a healthy diet), it’s also important to consume whole fruits and vegetables (including canned, dried or frozen) to ensure you are getting adequate fiber. (Remember that cooking or drying fruits and veggies doesn’t reduce their fiber content).
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends consuming only 4-6 ounces of 100% juice per day for children 1-6 years old and 8-12 ounces per day for children 7-18 years old. For adults, 4-8 ounces per day as juice is a reasonable amount.
With any healthy diet, moderation is key. Eat a variety of colors and forms of fruits and vegetables each day to provide your body with beneficial compounds, and to help manage your weight!
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