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Most Fruit Juices Contain No Fruit

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that many popular fruit juices do not contain fruit, but are instead loaded with water, sugar and artificial sweeteners. The Food and Drug Administration does not require manufacturers to report the precise amount of artificial sweetener used
  • Misleading marketing tactics, including pictures of fruit on the package and large advertising budgets aimed at children, have tricked parents into choosing fruit juice, believing they are making a healthy choice
  • The precise long-term health impact of artificial sweeteners on children is not known, but the impact on adults is not positive. It is likely a safe assumption that metabolic syndrome, weight gain and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease found in adults consuming artificial sweeteners are the health conditions awaiting children who do the same
  • Parents’ good intentions may have been, in part, fueling the childhood obesity epidemic as sugar and sweeteners are highly addictive. Instead of serving fruit juice to children, consider offering fruit smoothies made with real fruit, organic Greek yogurt and coconut water

The University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity recently released the 2019 Children's Drink f.a.c.t.s.: Food Advertising to Children and Teens Score, which has triggered several responses. In the report a number of issues were identified relating to advertising, marketing messages and nutritional content of the products.

The enormity of the market in combination with the number of children affected speaks to how important it is to get this information into the hands of parents. According to the report:

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