Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet?
If you’re like most Americans, the answer is: no. In fact, roughly 70 percent of Americans aren’t meeting the daily recommendations. 100 percent fruit juices are a convenient way for adults and children to help meet the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Just one 4-ounce glass of 100 percent juice equals a serving of fruit!
According to MyPlate:
“Any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.”
Facts About Fruit Juice
- There are no added sugars in 100 percent juice – just the natural sugars found in whole fruit.
- One hundred percent juices are filled with the same nutrients found in whole fruit. They may also be fortified with additional nutrients like vitamin C, calcium and vitamin D.
- While the calorie content can vary slightly from juice to juice, most 100 percent fruit juices have only 60-80 calories per 4-ounce portion.
- The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the consumption of several cups of fruits and vegetables per day, and acknowledges the role that 100 percent juice can play as part of the fruit allowance.
- One hundred percent juice is considered a “nutrient dense” beverage – per calorie, it packs more nutritional value than other beverage choices.
- One hundred percent juices contain naturally-occurring phytonutrients – compounds found in fruits, vegetables and other plants that researchers believe have disease-preventative and disease fighting properties.
- According to the latest consumption data collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of America’s children and teens are drinking 100 percent fruit juices in amounts recommended by health professionals.