Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Vote For the World's Least Healthy Beverage


Grape juice.

Now I know some of you might be thinking but what about sugared soda or energy drinks or even alcoholic energy drinks?

Sure, all of those are horrible - but none of those are marketed in the name of health, and that's what puts grape juice at the top of my least healthy beverage pyramid.
"2 servings of fruit in every glass?"
I know I'm a broken record on grape juice, but who cares if it's got vitamin C in it? Would you drink nearly a quarter of a cup of maple syrup a day if it had 100% of your Vitamin C requirements? Probably not....yet it takes nearly a full quarter cup of maple syrup to reach the calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar provided by every cup of grape juice.

(BTW - Grape juice has double the calories and sugar of other juices. Given the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society both recommend limiting juice to 1/2 a cup for small kids and 1 cup for large ones, I'm guessing they'd recommend limiting grape juice to 1/4 of a cup for wee ones, and 1/2 for everyone else)

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9 comments:

  1. So how and when did the idea that juice was 1) healthy and 2) necessary for children become so prevalent? Is it a relatively recent phenomenon?

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    1. Anonymous4:15 am

      Because it neatly fits in with the fact that fruit, a quickly perishing good can be processed, pasteurised and given shelf dates in the year range, thus making retailers and industries life easier, allow charging a premium on this malign processing and giving us something which is possibly more immediately rewarding than normal grapes. Of course if I were a fruit juice manufacturer I would choose to tell the story that it is for our benefit we make fruit juice, not theres.

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    2. Anonymous4:16 am

      *their's even

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  2. stan Blakey8:32 am

    Some Juicy OJ history http://yalepress.typepad.com/squeezed/2009/06/orange-juice-101.html


    If your child is not in occupied France then perhaps an Orange and tap water are a better option.

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  3. Anonymous8:50 am

    Juice is an extraordinary experience of the flavour of natural food, especially grape juice. Roll it on your tongue. Remember the juice glass? Like for sampling ice wine, its size reminds you of its rare and special qualities. Juice is not a beverage. And yes, I know, industrialized food has ruined everything, especially orange juice. But food in all its wonderful flavours should be celebrated.

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  4. Also the fact that grape juice is in every juice blend out there should say something...

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  5. It's all human feed. Not food.
    Where did we get these ideas of healthiness ... I blame Anita Bryant and marketers. At least they can't promote 'healthy' tobacco anymore, just 'clean' coal.

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  6. Wow, human feed. I've never heard that before, but it really does sum it up.

    We do smoothies instead of juice. The kids love coming up with their own concoctions and I love that I know what's in it. Plus, they're an actual, substantial food, not just something to have with a meal.

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  7. Just about any industrialized food is not good for you. If you've got a hankering for juice, get yourself a juicer and make REAL juice.

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