Satisfying America’s fruit gap: Summary of an expert roundtable on the role of 100% fruit juice
Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RDN; Mario Ferruzzi, PhD; Victor Fulgoni III, PhD; et. al.
Journal of Food Science June 2017; 82(7): 1523–1534.
Key Findings: This roundtable discussion focused on the current fruit intake vs. recommendations in the United States and the role of 100% fruit juice in improving nutrient intakes, diet quality and health outcomes. As highlighted by the roundtable, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) notes that 100% fruit juice is not being over consumed, is not associated with obesity/overweight or childhood dental caries and does not compromise fiber intake. The participating experts agreed that there is no science-based reason to restrict access to 100% fruit juice in public health nutrition policy and programs such as WIC. They further believe that reducing or eliminating 100% fruit juice could lead to unintended consequences such as reduced daily fruit intake and increased consumption of less nutritious beverages.