For years one of the Gosselin's biggest sponsors has been that sweet treat "juice" Juicy-Juice. "Who wants juicy-juice?!!!" Kate has been heard shrieking throughout various episodes while the camera pans to the carton of juice for 15 plus seconds. Since Kate is so vocal about her concern for her family's nutrition, it's time to break down for her how healthy Juicy-Juice really is. Maybe she will reconsider continuing to accept this freebie. Special thanks to the FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics for all the scary statistical data.
1. Juicy-Juice is full of sugar.
Juicy-juice claims they don't add sugar. But that doesn't mean there is no sugar. "Natural" sugar from the concentrate juices is still sugar. Most fruit juice, even without "added" sugar, is so sugar-laden as to be indistinguishable from soft drinks. And, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the various sugars in juice cause diarrhea as little tummies try to digest it. The AAP says juice has no nutritional advantage over regular fruit and in fact has many disadvantages. In addition, juice has been linked to cavities and dentists are advised to inquire about juice consumption when a young child has a bunch of baby tooth cavities. The AAP stops short of not recommending fruit juice, but they do say that it is better to eat a real piece of fruit. We suspect they won't go so far as to not recommend it because they know it's better than no fruit at all, and sadly some parents can't or won't provide their kids enough real fruit.
3. Juicy-Juice is from concentrate.
If you must give a child juice, most experts agree to stick with not-from-concentrate. What is juice that is "concentrated"? Well, get this: The fruit is first pulped or juiced. Then it is filtered through a screen removing any particles. Then, the juice is heated to above 96 degrees centigrade. When the juice boils, the water emanating from the juice is sucked out through a vacuum. This goes on and on until the juice is up to seven times stronger. Then, it's mixed with water and packaged in the bottle you buy as Juicy-Juice. Feel dizzy yet?
3. Juicy Juice has been in trouble with the FDA for misleading the consumer.
As recently as December 2009, Juicy Juice has been in hot water with the FDA. The FDA even sent them a warning letter advising them to stop mislabeling their products. Specifically, they have been labeling some products 100% juice when they were not (their Orange Tangerine and All Natural Juice Grape drinks) and misleading marketing of a special juice that allegedly helps with "brain development." You can't trust the nutritional information Juicy Juice provides.
Is Juicy-Juice gonna kill the kids? Of course not. But their parents should know getting their fruit servings from a fresh orange or apple or banana would be a lot better for them.