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Chew your Juice!

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chew juice webFruit is a healthy food or snack for people of all ages.  Fruits contain many vitamins and minerals as well as fibre. Eating an orange or banana or apple or any other fruit often satisfies hunger and thirst. When we choose juice instead of fruit we lose much of the nutritional value of the fruit as well as increase the number of calories we are consuming.

For example:

  • 1 orange juice box contains the same amount of juice as squeezing five oranges  
  • 1 orange contains 45 calories, vitamins, minerals and fibre
  • 1 juice box contains 112  less nutritious calories because the fibre and other good parts of the orange aren’t used  
  • 1 orange contains 2 spoons of natural sugar
  • 1 juice box (unsweetened) contains 6 spoons of sugar

When children drink juice frequently they are getting much more sugar and many more calories than they need. Children who drink juice frequently can also have more cavities!

Limit children to one half cup of pure, unsweetened juice once a day and offer fruit and water or milk instead!