100% Fruit Juice in Child and Adolescent Dietary Patterns

Robert Murray MD (pediatrician)
Journal of the American College of Nutrition, July 2019 :1-6.

Review of scientific literature on weight status, health, dietary patterns and diet quality related to consumption of 100% fruit juice in children. Written by pediatrician Dr. Robert Murray, the article noted that a healthful dietary pattern can be composed of innumerable different combinations of foods and beverages, which affect the prevention and mitigation of chronic diseases.

Key Findings: The inclusion of 100% fruit juice improves the quality of an individual’s dietary pattern not only by providing vitamins and minerals but also by adding the array of bioactive phytonutrients that are present in whole fruits. This report encourages parents and other consumers to look at a child’s total diet before judging foods or beverages “good” or “bad.” Foods should be judged not on individual attributes such as fat or sugar but on their contributions to the diet as a whole.

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