appear to drink sufficient fluid their risk of dehydration increases with medication use, chronic illnessand frailty.
is aliquidnaturally contained infruitor vegetabletissue. Juice is prepared by mechanically
squeezing or macerating fresh fruits or vegetables without the application of heat or solvents. For example,orange juiceis the liquid extract of thefruitof theorangetree. Juice may be prepared in the
home from fresh fruits and vegetables using variety of hand or electric juicers.Many commercial juices are filtered to remove fiber or pulp, but high pulp fresh orange juice is marketed as analternative. Juice may be marketed inconcentrateform, sometimes frozen, requiring the user to addwater to reconstitute the liquid back to its "original state". (Generally, concentrates have a noticeablydifferent taste than their comparable "fresh-squeezed" versions). Other juices are reconstituted before packaging for retail sale. Common methods for preservation and processing of fruit juices includecanning, pasteurization, freezing,evaporationandspray drying.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FRUIT JUICE
All juices are not created equal – some are nutritional gems while others are sugar water. Consider these tips as you make juice part of your child’s diet.
Be label savvy.
Buy juice labeled “100 percent fruit juice."
Beware of words like “drink,” “punch,” “cocktail,” “beverage” and “ade.” These arenot 100 percent juice – they’re junk fruit beverages.
Many “junk fruit beverages” are nutrient-void beverages, commonly masked as fruit“juice,” “drinks” or “cocktails.” Most contain 10 percent or less of pure fruit juice, andlots of water, sugar and additives. Junk fruit beverages have little or no nutritionalvalue.
Avoid junk fruit beverages that are disguised as juice “blends” that contain smallamounts of various fruits like grape, apple and pear. Ounce for ounce, these juices don’thave the natural levels of vital nutrients that 100 percent pure juices like orange juice provide. Plus, they usually contain added sugars.
Examine the ingredients.
Avoid fruit-flavored beverages that have added fructose cornsyrup. They shape a child’s taste toward sweet cravings.
Look at the juice.
Generally, the cloudier the juice, the more nutritious it is. If you can seethrough it, you’re buying mostly water. Picture a tall glass of 100 percent pure orange juicewith pulp. There should be some sediment at the bottom, which is a reminder of the juice’sorigins.
Go with citrus juices.
Orange juice is a morning favorite and one of the most nutritious beverages available. An excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, orange juice also is agood source of folate and thiamin. Compared to other juices, orange juice is higher in protein,vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin C (it contains more than 10 times as much vitamin C as apple juice), calcium, iron and potassium, making it a heavyweight among fruit juices. Drinking an8-ounce glass counts as one of your five necessary fruit and vegetable servings for the day.
Check if it’s pasteurized.
Commercial juices now are required to say if it’s pasteurized on thelabel. The new law is a result of non-pasteurized juice-borne bacterial illnesses that areespecially harmful to people with weakened immune systems (such as children, pregnantwomen or the elderly). No need to worry, though. A new high-pressure pasteurization methodincreases the shelf life and significantly reduces the bacteria count. And, it reportedly does not