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Effect Of Drinking Juice On Kids

Jul 2, 2008
Lots of kids, when asked to eat fruits, shy away. A lot of kids like them, and some have vowed to not to eat fruits just because they don't want to. However, if they are given the fruits in the form of juice, the opposition is much less as the juice is tastier.

Most juices in the market have such a sweet taste because they are nothing but a concentrate of the real thing, having water, preservatives, sugar, and flavorings added to them. As a result, these juices are high on calories and sugar content also, which leads to children putting on excess weight, making for more obese children.

Since fruits are an integral part of the human diet, not taking them, especially in case of kids, can lead to severe nutritional deficiencies which may hamper both the physical and mental growth of the child.
The solution to this problem lies in the usage of real fresh fruit juices with no added preservatives, flavorings or sugar. These might not taste as good as the sugared and flavored counterparts, but they are far healthier.

Recent research suggests that these juices don't make the children overweight. On the contrary, kids consuming real fruit juices have a beneficial impact from the better nutritional intake.

As the studies suggest, drinking 100% juice gives the children a great amount of their daily dietary vitamins and minerals, which otherwise are neglected in a typical kid diet. Also, research has proved that there was no association between drinking real fruit juice and becoming overweight.

Children who drank juice had significantly higher intakes of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins C and B6, potassium, riboflavin, magnesium, and iron and foliate and significantly lower intakes of total fat, saturated fat, discretionary fat and added sugar. However, too much of a good thing can be bad - even the natural ones contain large amounts of sugar, and don't make the child feel full. As a result, children end up taking in large amount of calories, far exceeding their daily requirement.

It's always better to drink juice in moderation, and to pick the healthiest juices to drink. The following is a list of the juices which provide health benefits:

*Orange juice: Rich in vitamin C, OJ also helps in preventing kidney stones in the long run. Ideal to have it with breakfast or in evening after play.

*Cranberry juice: Helps in lowering cholesterol levels. Three glasses per day raises good cholesterol by 10%, which in turn decreases the risk of heart disease by 40%. The antioxidant benefits are noticeable with just one or two glasses a day.

Antioxidants are dietary substances that in small amounts will slow or prevent the oxidation process (they can help prevent or fix damage to your cells). It is believed by many that having a high intake of antioxidants will help you to live longer and healthier. This can help save kids from dietary diseases.

*Pomegranate juice: Pomegranate juice has received a great deal of attention in recent years for its reported benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants and has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol - the bad, icky artery-clogging portion of one's cholesterol.

*Apple juice: Apple juice, when the apples are juiced along with their skin, at least, has great amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C, both of which are extremely essential for a growing child. These vitamins are present in green leafy vegetables like spinach, which most kids don't tend to like.

*Carrot juice: Although not a fruit juice, this is extremely beneficial for kids due to the large amounts of vitamin A that it contains. It can be made tastier by blending it with fruit juices like apple or pomegranate juice. High amounts of vitamin A in your diet is also known to help with your eyesight, especially your night vision.

Only 100% fruit juices should be made available in school cafeterias, so that children take up healthier options and avoid ending up obese later on.
About the Author
Sara Jones was a fine student but science was a source of frustration she didn't want her kids to suffer. She met Rick and Amanda Birmingham and realized their grasp of everyday science was the secret to making science fun. To learn more about the solution to science stress visit www.SuperFunScience.com
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