What is the bottom line?
As with most things in life, the whole is better for you than the parts. If you are choosing between a piece of fresh fruit and a glass of juice, opt for the actual fruit. It has more fiber and fewer calories.
But when it comes to fruit drinks, here's where you want to make a real effort to find the healthiest alternative.
- Look for "100% juice" on the label.
- Avoid "beverages," "cocktails," "drinks" and "punches."
- If your child is willing, choose water or milk over any kind of juice.
- Perhaps most important, don't pass off dessert drinks as healthy--smoothies may provide a good load of vitamins and minerals, but they are drenched in ice cream or frozen yogurt or syrup sweeteners, making them treats rather than daily staples of health.
|Dr. Cara Natterson, author of Your Toddler: Head To Toe is a pediatrician and mother of 2. To buy a copy of her book, click here. She is currently working on the forthcoming book entitled Dangerous or Safe?|