Recent studies on the dangers of drinking too many high-sugar, high-calorie juices have helped steer many parents away from such products. If you are one of these parents who have switched to organic juices–or haven’t switched yet, but are considering doing so, perhaps you are having a hard time knowing which juice brands are the healthiest choice. This guide will help.
Choosing A Juice
When choosing a juice for your child, it is helpful to remember a few guidelines set in place by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Infants less than a year old should not be drinking any fruit juice
- Children ages 1 to 6 years of age, should not exceed 6 ounces of fruit juice per day
- Older children ages 7 to 18 should not consume more than 8 to 12 ounces of fruit juice per day, ideally divided into two servings.
The Dangers Of Drinking Too Much Juice
Drinking too much juice can lead to the following health problems:
- Weight gain
- Increases risk of diabetes
Organic Juices To Try
Here are 3 of the best organic juices for kids (in no particular order), to help make your shopping trip a little easier, and your family a lot healthier!
1.) Hansen’s Organic Junior Juice
Hansen’s offers 2 delicious flavors of their Organic Junior Juice: Organic Apple and Organic Berry Medley. Both of these juices contain 100% organic juice, 100% Vitamin C per serving, and are low sodium. Neither of these juices contain any added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or artificial colors. They are kosher certified, pasteurized, and come packed in a perfect portion size for children ages 2-6. Your children will love drinking this juice, and will want it as soon as they see that Clifford, the big red dog, is on the front of the juice box. Unlike other juices that only contain a small percentage of actual juice in their juice boxes, Hansen’s is 100% juice, which makes it the ideal choice for your children.
2.) Apple & Eve Organics
Apple & Eve Organics are refreshing-great tasting organic juices that your child will love. Made from pure, certified organically grown fruits, you won’t have to worry about harmful pesticides, chemicals, or added sugars, with this juice. Choose from many different flavors including: Organic Sesame Street, Organic Apple Juice, Organic Peach Mango, Organic Cranberry Blueberry, Organic Lemonade, Organic Fruit Punch, and Organic Grape.
3.) Honest Kids Organic Juice Drink
Honest Kids Organic Juice is an organic juice made from concentrate, and contains no added sugars. Sweetened only with fruit juice, each adorable juice pouch(6.75 fl oz.) only contains 9 grams of sugar. The leading kids’ juice drinks in single-serve packaging contain approximately 20g of sugar per 6.75 fl oz serving. With Honest Kids, you get a better taste and 100% daily value of Vitamin C, for only half the sugar of other leading juice brands. While these juices are only 31% juice, their ingredients are still pretty healthy, and they are still a better organic alternative to other regular juices filled with added preservatives, sugar, and chemicals. Available in many different flavors, your kids are sure to love it. Flavors include: Appley Ever After, Berry Berry Good Lemonade, Super Fruit Punch, Goodness Grapeness, and Tropical Tango Punch.
Additional tips about misleading juice labels and what all these labels mean, can be found here.
Make Your Own Juice
Really, in the end, the healthiest and most organic way to consume juice and to be 100% sure that there are not any tricky, misleading ingredients is to make your own juice at home. While this does take time, effort, and a little bit of money, it is a much healthier alternative. Why not try some of these DIY Juice Recipes and Ideas?
5 Steps For Making Homemade Apple Juice
Tips & Tricks For Making Your Own Juice: No Recipes Required