Juicy Little Secrets about Your Child's Favorite Drink
Your child is begging for a soft drink, but you offer him juice instead. It seems like a great compromise--juice is made from fruit, after all--but is that juice box really a healthier option?
The nutritional facts may surprise you.
Certain types of juice have more sugar per serving than soft drinks, and some "fruit juice" isn't all that fruity. So how do you know what juice to give your child? And what should you look for when choosing one?
Is juice healthful?
Juice does have nutritional benefits; it is made from fruit, after all. However, juice doesn't contain fiber as fruit does, and because it is made by pressing fruit and then removing some of the water to concentrate it, it often contains more calories than a serving of fruit. Juice provides phytonutrients and vitamin C and many are fortified to provide calcium and vitamin D as well.
However, only 100% juice contains these nutrients. Other types of juice, those