"Health professionals should encourage replacement of less nutritious beverages with those that are more nutrient-dense or represent more healthful choices such as milk, water, or 100% fruit juice."
- Rampersaud et al. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. January 2003.
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As a health professional, you are an important link in the chain of information and resources that your patients and clients need to get - and stay - healthy. With conflicting nutrition guidance around every corner, consumers are looking to you for science-based advice they can trust. Browse the resources below to help educate yourself on the latest research related to 100% juice consumption.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does fruit juice have a lot of sugar and calories?
There are no added sugars in 100 percent juice - just the natural sugars found in whole fruit. In addition, fruit juice is considered a "nutrient dense" beverage, meaning that, per calorie, it packs more nutritional value than other beverage choices. Because nutrition is more than just calories, it's important to look at the whole picture: 100 percent fruit juice is a valuable source of key nutrients like folate, vitamin C and potassium and supplies a serving of fruit in each half-cup portion.
Patient Education Materials for Download:
- ADA Nutrition Fact Sheet: "The Role of 100 Percent Juice in a Healthy Diet" (pdf)
100% Juice: Beyond the Headlines:
- Children, Adolescents and 100% Juice Consumption: Advice for Parents
- 100% Juice Consumption and Body Weight: The Weight of the Scientific Evidence
The Juice Products Association recently partnered with the School Nutrition Association to help educate School Foodservice Professionals about the benefits of fruit juice. The webinar, "100% Juice: Squeezing Fact from Fiction":
- Presents the latest scientific research regarding 100% juice consumption and weight status in children and teens
- Explores innovative opportunities to introduce 100% juice into school foodservice programs
- Identifies ways to maximize beverage purchasing power and identify cost effective procurement strategies
- Presents information on the 100% juice products offered through the USDA Commodities Program
Useful links for Health Professionals:
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report: Fruit Juice Analysis
American Dietetic Association
ADA Nutrition Fact Sheet: The Role of 100% Juice in a Healthy Diet (pdf)
Phytochemical Information Center
Produce for Better Health Foundation
USDA Food and Nutrition Center
USDA's MyPlate: Fruit Group Recommendations