Teens who drink pure fruit juice tend to have healthier diets

March 4, 2010 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Teens who drink pure fruit juice tend to have healthier diets

New study findings from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in the U.S. have found that teens who drink 100 percent fruit juice tend to have more nutritious diets overall compared to non-consumers.

According to the study published in March/April issue of American Journal of Health Promotion, adolescents ages 12-18 that drank any amount of 100 percent juice had lower intakes of total dietary fat and saturated fat and higher intakes of key nutrients, including Vitamins C and B6, folate, potassium and iron, compared to adolescents who didn’t drink any fruit juice.

Researchers also found teens that drank greater than six ounces of 100 percent juice a day, consumed more whole fruit and fewer added fats and sugars.

In addition, the study found no association between 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight status in the nearly 4,000 adolescents examined – even among those who consumed the most juice.

While fruit juice is a more concentrated source of sugar than whole fruit, it can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet.  Canada’s Food Guide recommends a healthy serving of fruit juice to be ½ cup (125 ml).  When choosing fruit juice, look for a product made with no added sugar and remember even single-serve containers are often much more than one serving

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