Fruit juice is a healthy alternative to soda and other popular fizzy drinks, and kids can take advantage of it. Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals which become more readily available to the body's cells when they are in the form of juice. Juicing is a healthy way to introduce fruits and vegetables that kids will resist.
There are so many possible combinations of fruit and vegetables. They can be made into a delicious drink full of nutrients. Mixing ingredients is one of the most effective ways to increase the variety of nutrients a child consumes.
However, fruits are also high in sugar and calories, and unregulated and indiscriminate intake of fruit juices can have serious health consequences. There are several ways to ensure that your child is drinking healthy fruit juices that do not put them at risk for obesity and potentially fatal diseases such as diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Here is a guide for mothers who want to provide the best care for their children.
Say no to excess sugar
However, parents often forget that some of their children's favorite juices like apple juice and orange juice are also high in sugar. Intake of too much fruit with high carbohydrate and calorie content can cause weight gain in children. In this case, the best option to take is to pick the berries. The carbohydrate content of berries is mostly fiber. The sugar content in berries is quite low. The following is a comparison of the sugar content of berries and other fruits commonly used as juice drinks.
- cup raspberries: 2/7 grams sugar
- cup of strawberries: 3/5 grams of sugar
- cup blueberries: 7.4 grams sugar
- One banana (medium): 14.4 grams of sugar
- Apple slices (medium): 18.9 grams sugar
- mango: 23.0 grams of sugar
Say yes to fiber
With the right juicer, homemade fruit juice will be higher in fiber. Instead of buying fruit juice from the supermarket, buy fresh fruit that is in season, and process the fruit in a juicer instead of grinding the pulp until smooth.
Your kids will get as much fiber as they need and you can even include the greens that your kids usually throw on their plates when you serve them normally. A good juicer will allow you to put nutritious products that kids don't like (like beets) in their fruit juices and they don't even need to know about it.
Fruit juices to try
Here are some of the healthiest juices you might want to try serving your child at their next snack. Pomegranate juice is one of the most nutritious due to its antioxidant properties, in addition to essential vitamins and minerals. Be careful not to serve a glass that is too large, and only make one a day, as pomegranates are high in sugar. The runners-up were red grape juice and cranberry juice.