If you have cut fizzy, sugary drinks out of your child’s diet, you have taken a step in the right direction already; however, that doesn’t mean that other “healthier alternatives” aren’t just as bad for your child. Next time you buy fruit juice bear the following facts in mind:
- Bottled fruit juice is a processed drink too, meaning that it bears little resemblance to the nutrient content of 100% fresh fruit juice.
- Regardless of whether fresh or bottled, fruit juice is high in sugar.
- If it does not say 100% pure fruit juice on the label, it has very little actual fruit juice in it and plenty of added sugar, water, artificial sweetener, flavour and colourants.
With this in mind, it doesn’t mean that juice is completely off the menu. Patrick shares his tips to on how to tackle the “juice dilemma”.
- Go for freshly squeezed fruit juices, as they contain more vitamins and minerals.
- Be sure to look at the GL score of the various fruit juices. Apple, pear and orange juices are the best.
- It is good practice to dilute your child’s drinks with half a glass of water, halving the GL score of the fruit.
- Fresh vegetable juices do not need to be diluted, except for carrot juice.
- Smoothies make an excellent meal replacement when there is no time or your child has no appetite, particularly if seeds are included to ensure that they get their essential fats. However; it is also worth supplementing your child’s intake with Patrick Holford’s Smart Kids Chewable Omegas.
- The best drink is water so get them used to drinking this as a staple from a young age with some diluted juice as an occasional treat.