Kids And Fruit Juice
Pat Zifferblatt | August 11, 2008

In the Cooking with Kids class, the kids were taught how to make a healthy spritzer. They selected from a variety of cut-up fruit such as strawberries and pineapple, sprinkled in just a dash of sugar, and filled the glass with plain soda water. They made their own refreshing drink before they started cooking and exercising and got a serving of fruit to boot.

This raises the question: is 100% fruit juice good for kids or would all that sugar--even though it’s from fruit--contribute to obesity? In a recent study, researchers found that children drank about four ounces of juice per day which is equal to about 50 calories. Those children who drank 12 ounces of juice per day were no more likely to be overweight than their peers who drank less juice. Further, they also got more B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and folate than the other children.

Getting at least one serving of fruit juice per day contributes to the total fruits and vegetables kids are supposed to get. Whether you let children make their own spritzers with real fruit or they drink 100% fruit juice, it’s a much healthier choice than the full-sugared sodas and 10% fruit juices they could be drinking.

Reference: Nicklas TA, et al. Association between 100% juice consumption and nutrient intake and weight of children aged 2 to 11 years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(6):557-65.
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