Fruit flavored beverages come in many variations - 100% juice, drinks, ades, and punches. 100% juice is just that - fruit juice with nothing added. It is always stated on the label. No other fruit beverage can make that claim, though some state the percentage of real fruit juice (ex. Contains 12% juice) on the label. Many fruit drinks have no real fruit juice at all. If you don't see 100% fruit juice, read the ingredient listing. You might be surprised at what you find and it may not be what you thought was in the juice.
One-half cup of 100% juice equals a serving. One or 2 servings a day for an adult is fine. You can increase the serving size by mixing real fruit juice with seltzer or sparkling water, getting the same nutrients with no added calories. Another good tip is to freeze juice in an ice cube tray and use a few fruit cubes to flavor plain water.
Parents often overuse juice for kids thinking they are offering a healthy alternative to soda. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only 100% juice for children and provides these daily guidelines.
- Infants under 6 months - no juice
- Over 6 months and up to 6 years - 4 to 6 ounces (this equals ½ to 3/4 cup a day)
- Age 7 to 18 years - 8 to 12 ounces a day (this equals 1 to 1½ cups a day)
I recently had the opportunity to try 3 juice brands, all with 100% fruit or vegetable juice.
The juice is sourced from Florida fruit and each cap of Natalie's juice boosts "Product of USA, USA Certified" to show both the product and packaging are US made. The juice is kosher certified (OU) and flash pasteurized to insure it is free of bacteria and safe to drink. The FDA requires warning labels on unpasteurized juice because of the potential of carrying foodborne microbes that could cause illness. Flash pasteurization solves this problem.
The juice is cold-pressed, unfiltered, and flash pasteurized to ensure safety. They produce:
- 100% Fruit blends - Fuji Apple, Raspberry Apple, Strawberry Apple, Blackcurrant Apple (all with 120 calories in 1 cup plus 47% of your daily need for vitamin C), and Grape Apple (120 calories in 1 cup and 6% of your daily need for vitamin C)
- 100% Fruit Stomps (the brand's name for nectars) - Apricot (85 calories in 1 cup plus 95% of your daily need of vitamin A and 70% of vitamin C) and Tart Cherry (130 calories in 1 cup)
- Ciders - Classic and Spiced ( both 120 calories in 1 cup)
- Truly Tomato! has 40 calories in an 8-ounce serving, 1000 IUs of vitamin A, 42 milligrams of vitamin C, 520 milligrams of potassium and 450 milligrams of sodium.
- Truly Veggie! has 40 calories in an 8-ounce serving, 1250 IUs of vitamin A, 42 milligrams of vitamin C, 550 milligrams of potassium and 480 milligrams of sodium.
Every one of these brands is worth a try.
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Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian and the author of the nutrition counter series for Pocket Books with sales of more than 8.5 million books.
The Diabetes Counter, 5th Ed., 2014
The Fat and Cholesterol Counter, 2014
The Most Complete Food Counter, 3rd ed., 2013
The Calorie Counter, 6th Ed., 2013
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The Ultimate Carbohydrate Counter, 3rd Ed., 2010
The Healthy Wholefoods Counter, 2008
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