Mischa&Kaya's Mommy wrote: SeaChele wrote: Mischa&Kaya's Mommy wrote: SeaChele wrote:
Mischa&Kaya's Mommy wrote:We don't do juice. And, I can't even imagine giving it to a baby under a year! I'm admittedly a bit strict when it comes to sugar and my kids, but juice really has no benefit, IMO. It is liquid sugar for the most part. Even 100% juice is not really good for kids, just better than soda. We do water and milk, and juice is viewed as a 'special treat'.
It is disturbing that Dr.s are suggesting juice so young. Makes me sad, really.
And, juice from a bottle? All I can think of is, those poor teeth!
Better than soda, better than kool-aid, better than alot of other drinks (minus milk and water). Before I started to type I went to double check my labels (which I'm pretty strict about) and my juice is 100% juice and has no added sugar or HFCS. Comparable to eating the fruit! Also the V-8 Fusion is an easy way for *me* to get veggies into my son. no added sugar or HFCS and has serving of veggies. So while my kids do not get juice *ALL* the time, it does have its benefits.
But, it is not at all comparable to eating the fruit. It is simply the sugary juice of the fruit. None of the skin or pulp, which contain the vast majority of health benefits, are included in juice. It may say on the bottle that it contains a serving of fruit or veggies, but in actuality that is what they used to make it, and they are not taking into account what was disposed of in the process.
Not exactly like eating the fruit, but yes comparable b/c you're still getting the vitamins. and the sugar in the 100% juice is fruit (natural) sugar, not processed or added sugar. So yes IA that eating a piece of fruit is more healthy than only drinking the juice, but the juice does have benefits and a cup or two in the day will not harm a childs health. Actually an ariticle I just read:
"research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) indicates that apple juice consumption may actually increase the production in the brain of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine, resulting in improved memory. Neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine are chemicals released from nerve cells that transmit messages to other nerve cells. Such communication between nerve cells is vital for good health, not just in the brain, but throughout the body"
No, I'm not trying to say Apple (Grape, Orange) juice should be served at every meal, but juice does have benefits (including Vit C to boost the immue system, extra fiber, antioxidants) that promote, not detour, good health.
I guess my point is that it has no *added* benefits. Nothing you can't get from the fruit itself. And, given the calorie and sugar content, I just can't compare it to whole fruit or veggies. It's like the vitamin waters. Sure, they are full of vitamins that are healthy. But, the drink itself is full of sugar, and is not healthy. So, I just choose to get the vitamins from whole food option, not the drink.
And, I am speaking strictly to store bought juices. Not fresh squeezed/juiced at home.
Again, I have to disagree.
Medium Apple: 72-95 calories (depending on source) and apx 17g of sugar
8oz of 100% Apple Juice: 110 calories and 19g of sugar.
So, like many have said here, 4-6oz is what we give - so it would actually be *less* than the actual apple. Yes, the apple has more pulp and rind with other benefits that the juice does not give. I'm using Apple for this example, but I do know other fruit juices have higher sugar content than the fruit. That is why checking labels is so important. But then you throw a banana in the mix which is the highest caloric fruit with over 100 calories and apx 16g of sugar - if you look at ONLY those numbers... why eat bananas?
But my point that is juice does have benefits (in moderation)!
Just like fruit, meat, eggs, etc - juice can be healthy. Yes, even the store bought kind.
ETA: I do agree about the *added* benefit. But some juices do have added vitamins -again, labels are important.