Fluids: what about fruit juice?
Our bodies need fluids - and water is undoubtedly the best. For both adults and children, drinking too much fruit juice can contribute to overweight, obesity, tooth decay and digestive problems, such as diarrhoea and bloating.
Often a good source of vitamin C, some fruit juices are fortified with calcium and other nutrients, but that does not mean they should be unlimited, especially for children. Drinking too much juice is filling and can decrease your appetite for other more nutritious foods, including milk. Here are some useful recommendations:
- Choose 100 per cent fruit juice and not a juice drink or powdered drink mix.
- Babies should not be given juice until after the age of six months. Then until age one fruit juice should be diluted and offered only with meals.
- Fruit juice can be one of your five-a-day servings of fruit and vegetables, but regardless of how much you drink it can only count as one daily serving.
- Instead of drinking juice, eat the whole fruits so you can benefit from the fibre in fruit skins and flesh.
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