Can I drink fruit juice as part of a healthy diet?

  • Yes – In moderation, fruit juice is good for you. It contains vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health.1 For example, orange juice is a rich source of vitamin C, and also contains folate and potassium.1
  • In Europe, most people don’t eat nearly enough fruit and vegetables. Drinking fruit juice daily helps increase your fruit and vegetable intake2.3
  • In countries such as the UK and Spain, 100% fruit juice is included in 5 a Day guidelines as a portion of fruit and vegetables due to its vitamins and minerals.

Do fruit juices contain sugar? What does this mean for me?

  • Yes, fruit juices all contain the naturally occurring sugars from the whole fruit from which they are squeezed4
  • However, there is NEVER any added sugar in 100% fruit juice. It is prohibited by European law (see European Directive 2012/12/EU).4
  • In total, one small glass of 100% fruit juice contributes just 3% of the daily calories in a recommended 2000kcal woman’s diet and has a GI level of 50, comparable to whole fruit.5

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  1. UK Department of health. Nutrient analysis of fruit and vegetables. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/167942/Nutrient_analysis_of_fruit_and_vegetables_-_Summary_Report.pdf [Last accessed 8 February 2017]
  2. Gibson, S. Fruit juice consumption in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS 2008-2010): associations with diet quality and indices of obesity and health. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 2012, 71, pp. E23.
  3. European Fresh Produce Association (Freshfel Europe) Consumption Monitor 2014
  4. Official Journal of the European Union. Directive 2012/12/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. Available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:115:0001:0011:EN:PDF. [Last accessed 8 February 2017]
  5. Foster-Powell, K., Holt, S. & Brand-Miller, J. (2002) International table of glycaemic index and glycemic load values: 2002. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 76, pp. 5-56)

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