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Feb 18, 2008
Drink To Family Health... Have A Glass!

Health Professionals continue to stress the importance of eating more servings of fruits and vegetables will help you and your children maintain good health. Drinking 100% fruit juice is one important part of this plan.

Fruit juices are a valuable source of certain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (unique compounds found only in plants). Researchers are actively studying these compounds in fruits and vegetables to see how they maintain good health.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report pointed out the importance and role that 100% fruit juices play in the American diet. They recommended an increase intake of fruits, vegetables, low fat or fat-free milk, and whole grains. The report stated fruit juices provide substantial contributions of several vitamins and minerals are an excellent complement to one's overall healthy eating regiment of fruits and vegetables. And they went on to say that a serving of a 100 percent juice could be counted a fruit serving. But they cautioned that it never should be used as a substitute for all your fruit servings.

Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen or dried. They can be eaten whole, cut-up, or pureed. A half a cup (4 oz) of 100 percent fruit juice equals one-half cup from the fruit group. The fruit juice also contributes to the prescribed daily fluid intake.

To determine if a product is a 100% juice check the container label to make sure it states just that....100% juice. This will be located on the label under Nutrition Facts panel.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is an ongoing food consumption research program that helps health professionals monitor eating patterns over a period of years.

They found that the consumption of 100% fruit juices consumed by children and teenagers were within the acceptable guidelines proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. And in their study they found that children and teenagers who consume 100% fruit juices have healthier diets than those kids who do not consume juices.

With the concern of children obesity in this country the study provided no evidence to suggest that there was a link between the consumption of 100% juices and children being overweight. Other research voiced similar findings as well. The American Dietetic Association's Evidence Analysis parroted the same conclusions.

The conclusion and the good news is that the whole family can enjoy a glass of 100% fruit juice as a part of a healthy diet. For advice about the recommended intake from all the food groups, please visit www.mypyramid.gov. Check the Daily Fruit Recommendations below.

Daily Fruit Recommendations from MyPyramid.gov

AGE Total Fruit per Day*

Toddlers 2-3 years 1 cup
Girls 4-8 years 1 cup
Boys 4-8 years 1 cups

Girls 9-18 years 1 cups
Boys 9-13 years 1 cups
14-18 years 2 cups

Women 19-30 years 2 cups
31 + years 1 cups

Men 19 + years 2 cups

* These amounts are appropriate for individuals who get less than 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, beyond normal daily activities. Those who are more physically active may be able to consume more while staying within calorie needs.
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