Dietary and economic effects of eliminating shortfall in fruit intake on nutrient intakes and diet cost
Colin Rehm, PhD; Adam Drewnowski PhD
BMC Pediatrics, July 2016; 16: 83.
Key Findings: Based on food cost data, the study concluded that meeting total fruit shortfalls by whole fruit alone increased diet cost by almost twice as much than with a combination of juice and fruit. Furthermore, while modeling only whole fruit consumption did increase dietary fiber, the combination of juice (one part) and fruit (two parts) showed a greater beneficial effect on vitamin C, potassium and calcium than just whole fruit alone.
The combination of fruit and juice is cost neutral while meeting fruit shortfalls with whole fruit alone increased cost. The fruit and juice model was nutritionally similar or better with the exception of fiber to the whole fruit model. The combination of 100% juice and fruit is an optimum way to meet fruit shortfalls.