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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- Simply head to our Contact page to find the appropriate contact for your question or comment.
- 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]
- 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.
- European Fresh Produce Association (Freshfel Europe) Consumption Monitor 2014
- 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]
- 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)