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3/25/13 1:10 P

4-6oz of 100% juice counts as 1 fruit serving, but it's not recommended to have more than that in a day.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (82,778)
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3/25/13 7:36 A

I would not count that as fruit. Even if it is 100% juice, you're not getting all the nutrition you would from eating fruit. Juice is highly processed and nutritionally more similar to Koolaid-type soft drinks than to whole fruit.

If you were drinking a smoothie or maybe even juicing your own fruits, I would possibly count that. I would definitely not count a box juice drink as fruit.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
CRAFTY_LOSER Posts: 764
3/25/13 7:22 A

I won't be drinking then to replace anything. I only drink one or two of them for breakfast and was wondering on how to count it for fruit servings.

Holly - Ohio
MISSRUTH Posts: 4,047
3/25/13 7:04 A

Personally, I'd say it counts. It is recommended that we only have one serving of juice a day though-- juice lacks some of the fiber & other nutrients that whole fruit has. This article is healthy beverage guidelines:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=605


The USDA website talks about a serving of juice being 3/4 of a cup, so the school juices might be a bit *skimpy* on a serving but then presumably they're sized for kids anyway.

So drinking one would be okay, but drinking a whole bunch of them each day, to replace soda or coffee.... you'd be better off drinking water.

Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone


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CRAFTY_LOSER Posts: 764
3/25/13 6:30 A

I work in a school kitchen and we serve these juices (they're 4oz) and they say on the package; "100% Juice". Does this mean that if I drink one of these, it will count as a serving of my fruits? I'd like to know so that I can properly track.

The reason I'm asking is because I'm reading an article on here...
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
ition_articles.asp?id=161
It says "Drink 100% juice instead of addictive coffee, tea, or soda."

So I'm assuming that yes, it would count. However, I'd love to get your guys' opinions about it and see what YOU would do.

Holly - Ohio
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