As Americans, we are obsessed with what we put into our bodies. Whether that means nit picking every little thing, or over-indulging and making ourselves feel guilty later, food consumption runs the country. I was lucky enough to attend a twitter party about one of our biggest dietary obstacles here in our home: juice.
Some really don’t think too much of juice, drinking when they feel like it, seeing it as a great substitute to drinking sugary sodas and the like, while others are terrified by the supposed sugar-filled, calorie-filled beverage, banning it from homes and sticking with water. Juice was never banned here, unlike soda, but I was very careful with it, making sure to only give Sonny Boy a bit a day, half a cup of watered-down juice during dinner and water the rest of the day. I was just afraid of what I didn’t know about it’s effects and how it fit in his daily diet. Well, last Monday I had a chance to ask as many questions on the subject when representatives of “100% fruit juice” put together a twitter party for tweeps interested in the subject. Here are a few facts that blew my mind:
-100% fruit juice doesn’t need to replace dried fruits in the diet but can be consumed as part of a healthy diet and help to meet your fruit quota of the day. Elisa Zied shared this tidbit of information and lots of other great nuggets of knowledge. This worried me when we allowed Sonny to have raisins, craisins, or other dried fruit and I worried about letting him have juice the same day. I was so convinced for some reason that one should replace the other; if he had the dried fruit then water was in order for the rest of the day, or if he had juice as his main drink of the day, we weren’t going to go overboard with giving a dried fruit as a snack. It was great to clear that up and also find out that both options can be counted toward his fruit intake for the day.
-Research shows that 100% juices may offer many of the same disease fighting benefits of whole fruits. All the time we hear that we should consume whole fruit in order to get the full benefits of what that fruit can provide for our bodies, and to ditch the juice. It’s great to know now that ditching the juice is not only unnecessary, but that it can also provide those benefits that we were told were only attainable by eating whole fruits.
-Kids that drink 100% juice actually eat more whole fruits! This one really blew my mind. It makes perfect sense; provide a liquid version of a fruit would easily entice a child to want to try the actual whole fruit, if they liked the taste. It seems like the most simple of ideas tend to get lost when it comes to the American diet, and this is definitely one of them. With childhood obesity on the rise, and parents struggling to get their kids to get healthy, why not start with giving them 100% whole juice during meals instead of soda pop. That can be the “gateway food” to getting them to try the juice in “real fruit” version and maybe, just maybe, *gasp* a vegetable or two, that isn’t fried!
-Over 2/3 of Americans aren’t meeting daily requirements for fruit and vegetable intake. This is so sad but true. It’s discerning to see that fact and think, well, how can we add yet another fruit or veggie to our already packed meal plans? By providing 100% juice, we can at least add a few more servings just from our beverage glass at a meal.
The information was vast and wonderful during the party. If you’d like to read up on the other benefits, check out these fruit juice facts. I am quickly becoming a twitter junkie, and it’s partly because of experiences like these. I’m learning so much and am able to talk directly with companies that we know and love, and address any issues we may have as soon as I think of them. I mean, where can you go to have a deep conversation with Welch’s and Tree Top juice? I even got to share my applesauce chicken recipe with Tree Top and they retweeted it! A big thanks to resourceful mom for putting together the twitter party as well. It was great fun.
This post is in no way sponsored. All opinions are mine and I just thought the information was important enough to share with you all.