"Inclusion of fruit juice, in amounts consistent with dietary recommendations, as part of a healthy diet can provide important nutrients without increasing weight in children."
- Nicklas et al. American Journal of Health Promotion. March/April 2010.
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Juice Industry Supports American Academy of Pediatrics
and USDA Guidelines for 100% Fruit Juice Consumption
WASHNIGTON, DC (May 2012)---The members of the Juice Products Association support dietary guidelines for the consumption of 100% fruit juice that are recommended by leading health and nutritional authorities including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in its USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
One-hundred-percent fruit juice is a nutritious and beneficial part of a healthy diet and may be consumed in the place of whole fruits as recommended by the USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Americans consume less than 50% of the recommended daily serving of fruit, which is up to 2 cups of fruit daily for adults and up to 1.5 cups daily for children. A one-half-cup serving (4 ounces) of 100% fruit juice provides the equivalent of one-half-cup of fruit to help meet USDA’s daily serving recommendation.
The juice industry, represented by the Juice Products Association, endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommended maximum daily consumption levels of 100% fruit juice for children. The AAP suggests 4 to 6 ounces of 100% fruit juice per day for children ages one to six years-old, and up to 12 ounces per day for children ages 7 to 18 years-old.
One hundred percent juice contains no added sugars, and current scientific evidence does not support a relationship between being overweight and juice consumption 1 2. Further, scientific evidence strongly maintains the nutritional benefits of 100% juice. In fact, studies show that drinking 100% fruit juice is associated with a more nutritious diet overall, including reduced intake of dietary fat, saturated fat and added sugars. 3 4
It is important for everyone to eat a variety of foods in moderation for proper nutrition.
Additional information about the nutritional benefits of juice can be found online at www.fruitjuicefacts.org. The Juice Products Association is the trade association representing the fruit and juice product industry.
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1) O’Neil C, et al. A Review of the Relationship Between 100% Fruit Juice Consumption and Weight in Children and Adolescents. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2008. Vol. 2, No. 4, PP. 315-354.
2) Pereira M, Fulgoni V. Consumption of 100% Fruit Juice and Risk of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2004. J Am Coll Nutr, June 15, 2011. Vol. 29, No. 6. PP. 625-629
3) Nicklas T, O’Neil C, Kleinman R. Association Between 100% Juice Consumption and Nutrient Intake and Weight of Children Aged 2 to 11 Years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(6):557-565.
4) Nicklas TA, O’Neil CE, Kleinman R. The Relationship Among 100% Juice Consumption, Nutrient Intake, and Weight of Adolescents 12 to 18 Years. Am J Health Prom. March/April 2010, Vol. 24, No. 4, PP. 231-237
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