The Squeeze On Fruit Juice: Is It Healthy?

Fruit juice sometimes gets a bad rap thanks to its sugar content. We have to remember though, that all fruit contains natural sugar (and is low GI) and we’re still supposed to eat two to three serves per day, according to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

It’s not always possible to get our two serves in, as many fruits aren’t portable or convenient. As a result nearly 50% of Australians do not have the recommended daily serving of fruit per day, according to ABS.

A 2010 research paper commissioned by Fruit Juice Australia revealed that 93% of children between the ages of four and eight who enjoyed fruit juice as part of their diet successfully consumed their two to three serves of fruit, compared to just 63% who didn’t drink fruit juice.

Fruit juice (with no added sugar, of course!) is a convenient way to make sure you’re getting at least one of your two daily recommended fruit serves. No peeling, no slicing, no dicing – easy! Australian owned and grown company Grove Juice recently staged a pop-up orange farm in Brisbane and Sydney’s CBD to remind Australians that their orange juice comes from real oranges, so it’s just like eating an orange, but more convenient!

Fruit juice can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, but not all fruit juices are made equal in terms of health benefits. Greg Willis from Grove Juice gave us his top tips on how to include fruit juice into your diet and what to look for when buying juice for yourself or your family.

1) No added sugar

Always choose an orange juice without added sugar and be careful of ‘fruit drinks’ as they contain high cane sugar levels. If juice is made from naturally sweet, ripe oranges and blended correctly with different varieties then it doesn’t need sugar to taste great!

2) A juice which hasn’t been cooked

When juice is heat-treated (otherwise known as pasteurised), it is subjected to process which saps the potency of its natural vitamins, nutrients and natural enzymes. To get the benefits of real fruit from fruit juice, un-pasteurised is the way to go. Grove Juice is Australia’s only un-pasteurised juice available in supermarkets.

3) Use-by date

If a juice in the chilled section of your local supermarket expires in a couple of months, you can safely bet it’s not as fresh as it appears. Minimal shelf life equals less processing and a better tasting more nutritional juice. Beware of long shelf life juices from the shelf stable section selling in the chilled section creating a perception of a fresher product (and asking the same price as fresh juices!).

4) Australian grown

Check the labels and do some research – is your juice coming from Australian grown fruit? If not, the juice may have been frozen at one point, or the fruit frozen prior to squeezing, which means the juice won’t be as fresh or taste as good. And it also doesn’t support our local farmers!

5) A small glass

112 mls is the recommended serving size of a glass of orange juice, according to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.

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