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Is juice for kids healthy or not? Experts weigh in

It’s fruity, delicious and is a better choice than a bottle of soft drink. So why do people say juice is unhealthy?

Four out of five experts in dietetics, nutrition, medicine and dentistry recently said that juice is not ok for kids, here’s why…

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Is juice bad for our kids?

In a recent piece for The Conversation, five experts were asked whether they thought juice was healthy and the majority said no due to its high sugar content and lack of nutritional value.

Check out what they had to say in more detail here…

1. Fruit juice is low in fibre

Nutritionist Clare Collins says because of its low fibre content, it is easier to drink too much juice rather than eat the whole fruit which has more of the nutrient.

“For example one medium orange contains about 285 kilojoules and four grams of fibre compared to one 250mL juice popper which contains closer to 300-500 kilojoules and less than one gram of fibre, depending on the brand.”

2. It can rot their teeth

Sugars from juice feed the bacteria in the plaque on our teeth. This turns to acid which causes dental decay and strips away the hard enamel coating, which can’t grow back.

Dentist David Manton says, “Nearly half of Australian six year olds have at least one hole in their teeth, and drinks like fruit juice are part of the cause.” Eeeek!

Here are 7 tricks to get kids to WANT to brush their teeth – All parents must read!

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3. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain

The sugar in juice isn’t just bad for your teeth. Because the roughage is removed, consuming juice speeds our eating up and doesn’t make us feel as full if we ate fruit as a whole.

Doctor Sandro Demaio also says that the roughage in fruit slows the release of the sugars from the fruit into our bloodstream, “…thus allowing our bodies to react and use the energy appropriately, reducing our chances of weight gain and related health challenges.”

So eating fruit as it is is the way to go!

For more drink options for your little one – MINUS THE SUGARS – download our 12 Kids Smoothie Recipes Ebook for FREE HERE.

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4. The packaging is designed for kids

Dietitian Katie Dickinson says that not only is the sugar more concentrated in juice, but the products are made to draw kids in.

“As fruit juices are readily accepted by children (they taste sweet), often conveniently packaged and therefore easy for kids to drink, not letting your kids drink juice can be difficult for parents.”

5. If you’re going to give them juice, moderation is key

Water is obviously the best drink, but nutritionist Bec Reynolds says that juice is alright sometimes, as it does contain vitamin C and other plant antioxidants.

“What would be even better, though, is to give children juices that comprise all (or mainly) vegetables, such as carrot, celery and apple juice (my personal fave). This is because fewer than one in 100 children consume enough vegetables, which are great provisors of healthy nutrients and don’t have many kilojoules or much sugar.”

We’re BIG fans of hidden veggies, check out our recipe for healthy “hidden veggie” sausage rolls!

Our Healthy Kids Smoothies have NO added sugars!

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The Healthy Kids Smoothies (available in chocolate and banana flavour) have been specially made as a healthy snack for kids. They’re ideal if you have fussy eaters or want to ensure your children have a nutritious and healthy smoothie snack. It also has a 4.5 Health Star Rating when made with skim milk. It contains NO added sugars.

The sugar content in The Healthy Kids Smoothie is from NATURAL sugars from the lactose in the milk and is FREE from added sugars. WHO recommend aiming for 5% added sugars in the diet and this product provides NO added sugar.

  • The Healthy Mummy Kids Smoothie is rich in carbohydrates and protein and is a natural energy packed smoothie made for kids.
  • It contains 16 essential vitamins and minerals and when combined with milk, provides children with 50% of their Calcium RDI. 
  • It also contains probiotics needed for healthy guts.

What do you need to know about The Healthy Kids Smoothie

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  • It is a nutritious snack made for kids
  • It contains probiotics
  • It contains 16 vitamins and minerals
  • It contains NO artificial colours, sweeteners, flavours, preservatives or MSG in the product
  • It is rich in protein
  • It contains NO added sugar
  • It contains 16 vitamins and minerals – when combined with milk

Allergy information

The product contains dairy (the base of the smoothie) and a small amount of soy (within d-alpha-tocopheryl).

The product does not contain any ingredients derived from gluten, fish, eggs, nuts or sulphites. However the factory in which the product is made does store and manufacture these products but they are not produced on the same line.

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Alex Lilly

Alex is a social media addict and food lover from Sydney's northern beaches. When she's not writing, you can usually find her waiting for the next royal wedding or baby to come along.