Juice or Fruit?


Juice or Fruit?

Should You Drink Orange Juice or Eat an Orange?  

By Jennifer Neil

Fruit juice elevates blood sugar more quickly than whole fruit, and the level of sugar that can be obtained from fruit juice is higher than the level found in whole fruit. For example, 120 calories' worth of whole apples contains about 24 grams of sugar, while 120 calories' worth of apple juice contains about 30 grams.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the intake of fruit juice should be limited to 4 to 6 oz/d for children 1 to 6 years old. For children 7 to 18 years old, juice intake should be limited to 8 to 12 oz or 2 servings per day. Children should be encouraged to eat whole fruits to meet their recommended daily fruit intake. And adults should have even less - than one serving (4 ounces) of 100% fruit juice as part of the daily fruit intake.

So basically, don’t drink juice to quench your thirst.  Juice is healthy in smaller amounts but opt for water when you need to wet your whistle! 

Harvard Gazette has more info HERE!

March is National Nutrition Month!

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