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Apple juice and orange juice are in part to blame for the fattening of our children, according to the Minnesota Medical Association who asked government officials to drop all fruit juice from a subsidized food program for 8 million low income women and children.
Fruit juice is targeted in the war on obesity
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Dr. Diet weighs in:
Fruit juice can be tricky, especially if it says 100% natural. The truth is that the calories in a 12-ounce serving of fruit juice are similar or even higher than the calories in a 12-ounce can of soda – which is about 150 calories or so a "pop". And drinking fruit juice doesn't exactly satisfy one's hunger. Liquid calories in the form of soda pop, fruit juice or even alcoholic beverages can load your diet with extra calories and hinder your ability to lose weight.
I agree that if our government could add fresh fruits and veggies to this program's menu (instead of fruit juice), that these women and children would be better served.
With the pediatric obesity epidemic on the rise, we need our government to step in and do their share to improve the nutrition options offered as part of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program.
If you're someone who gets most of your fruit servings from juices, I encourage you to re-think this habit and start making it easier on yourself. Eating actual servings of fresh fruit instead of the juice will put more fiber into your diet and will help satisfy your hunger. Here are a few tips to try:
--Lay a piece of fresh fruit on your desk at work or at home where it's visible and will remind you to eat it.
--Engage the help of your children to make fresh fruit salad as a dinner side dish.
--When vendors want to bring a snack into your workplace, suggest fresh fruit instead of donuts.
--Limit your fruit juice intake by making it an occasional treat vs. a daily indulgence.