Fruit drinks are NOT the same as fruit juices and organic fruit juice is NOT the same as fruit juice.
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First thing you need to do is make a commitment to yourself to hydrate yourself throughout the day on a regular basis. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
But, at the same time you have to make a commitment to avoid drinking beverages that result in dehydration, such as soft drinks, sport drinks or any beverage with caffeine or added sugars.
That means avoiding cow's milk, fruit drinks, beer and alcohol, or any other drinks that simply don't substitute for the healing power of pure water.
But drinking organic fruit juices is a great way to get some of your vitamins and mineral for the day. LOOK FOR THE RIGHT ONES!!
Remember: Many beverages labeled as fruit drinks contain mostly water, sugar and only 10% actual fruit.
Here misleading names you'll find on juice cartons at the supermarket:
“drink”, “punch”, “cocktail”, “beverage”, “ade”.
These are not 100% juice – they’re junk fruit beverages.
Real Juice Orange Drink Grape Punch
These labels give the impression that their contents are extracted from real fruit.
If it is only 10% juice what is the other stuff?
Some fruit juices are nutritional gems while others are pure sugar water.
Please consider these tips as you make juice part of your child’s diet.
Things to Remember
Be label savvy. Buy juice labeled “100% fruit juice." Organic if you can.
Examine the ingredients. Avoid fruit-flavored beverages that have added fructose corn syrup...companies do this to cater to your taste-buds especially children’s.
Look at the juice. Generally, the cloudier the juice, the more nutritious it is, there should be some sediment at the bottom this is a reminder of the real fruit. If you can see through it, you’re buying mostly water.
Go with citrus juices: Orange juice, grapefruit juice.
Orange juice is a morning favorite and one of the most nutritious beverages available. An excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, orange juice also is a good source of folate and thiamin. Drinking an 8-ounce glass counts as one of your five necessary fruit and vegetable servings for the day.
Go with nectar Juice: Apricot, Peaches, Pears and Prunes.
Nectar usually has more calories, but more nutrients are preserved during processing nectar than other juices. Apricot nectar is especially healthy, containing a lot of beta-carotene, almost a gram of protein per 8-ounce glass, and it’s higher than most juices in vitamin A, vitamin B-6 and iron.
HOW MUCH YOU DRINKS COUNTS
Juice can be a tasty alternative to water, but consuming too much juice may take the place of other nutritious foods you normally eat.
Drink 100% juices at mealtimes or as a snack. But limit yourself to 2-3 (8 oz.) to a variety of juices for the drink. Once in awhile though substitute your juices for water.
Tips for your Children
Orange – The juice with the highest amount of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of folate and thiamin. It also contains cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
Grapefruit – This juice with the second highest amount of vitamin C.
Apricot Nectar – This juice is high in vitamin A and contains a small amount of iron and zinc.
Prune – This juice highest in iron, zinc, fiber and niacin.
White Grape – White grape juice is high in vitamin C, and the best juice for healing the intestines.
Apple – This juice has no nutritional advantage over other juices, but is good for flavoring water because it dilutes well.