Should children avoid fruit juice?

Experts agree that children can benefit from eating more fruit and vegetables as they provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. They’re also a healthier alternative to sweet or savoury snacks. While fruit juice was valued in the past for its vitamin C content, the spotlight on sugar has made many parents feel unsure about whether to give it to their children. Here, we look at the facts.

Nutrients for the body

100% fruit juice, such as orange juice, contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, folate and potassium.

  • Vitamin C contributes to normal immune function, increases iron absorption and supports collagen formation which is important for normal bones, skin and teeth;
  • Folate contributes to normal immune function and blood formation;
  • Potassium contributes to normal muscle function and to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.

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