Health + Safety

Unhealthy Children’s “Fruit” Juices Compare Equivalent To Sodas

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2-28-2014 1-57-31 PM

We’re aware that sodas are bad for our health, but you might not have known that the fruit-flavored drinks for children have just as much sugar as soda, and are nearly as empty on nutrition. The most surprising culprit: apple juice.

“Apple juice has few natural ingredients and contains way too much sugar,” says Dr. Deepa Verma. “It is possibly one of the worst juices to give your child and is responsible for a lot of dental decay and obesity in children.”

Sarah Berneche, a senior from the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition, suggests smoothies that incorporate fruits (particularly ones with low sugar such as berries, cherries, apples) and vegetables as a good substitute. Otherwise, unsweetened cocoanut water is great!

“Coconut water usually has about eight to 12 grams of sugar per serving, as opposed to the 20 grams or more in fruit juices, which, to put it into perspective, is equivalent to a chocolate bar,” she said. The glass of coconut water provides natural hydration and plenty of vitamin C for the body.