Fruit juice is a liquid naturally found in fruits. 100% fruit juices are fat-free, nutrient dense beverages that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
To identify a juice that is 100% juice…read the food label.
Some common fruit beverages seen in grocery stores include:
Can 100% fruit juice be consumed in place of a fresh fruit serving?
According to the United States Department of Agriculture food guide pyramid, 1 cup of 100% fruit juice is equal to 1 cup of a fresh fruit serving. However, fresh fruit should not always be replaced with fruit juice because it lacks fiber, and is highly processed.
Bottom Line: Even though fruit juice is a better alternative than drinking beverages with no nutrient value, it should be still be limited. Excess juice consumption can lead to excess calories and the displacement of more nutrient rich foods. Recommended juice intake is no more than 6 ounces per day for children age 1-6 years old and no more than 8-12 ounces older children and adults. Enjoy delicious 100% juice in moderation.