Nutrition advice can be frustrating. It’s often confusing and sometimes flat out contradictory. Fruit juice consumption is a perfect example.
New research concludes that consumption of fruit juice in children has no association whatsoever with risk of being overweight.
Hang on. Other Australian research concluded the complete opposite.
So which is it?The more recent research raises a few red flags.
- The study was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Juice Products Association (via WebMD)
- The data used was from the NHANES dataset from 1999-2002 and came from parents writing down what their child ate in the previous 24 hours.
- The research only ever mentions “100% fruit juice”. How many parents out there could – off the top of their head – recite which specific brands of juices are 100%? This means all juices that were not 100% were specifically ruled out from the research.
May I suggest this: The parent who is fully aware that they are providing their child 100% pure juice (rather than the multitude of sugar-added products) is also the parent providing a healthy diet on the whole.
100% or not… dilution is recommended – or even better – eat the fruit before it goes through the juicer.