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Myth 3: Juice is Better Than Soda

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 3: Juice is Better Than Soda

There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: Juice is better than soda.

Truth: Juice and soda are equal. Each cup of juice has six to eight teaspoons of sugar and one cup of regular soda has at least seven teaspoons of sugar.

Choose to have a piece of fruit versus juice. Whole fruit has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than juice.Juice and soda are equal. Each cup of juice has six to eight teaspoons of sugar and one cup of regular soda has at least seven teaspoons of sugar.

Even though juice has vitamin C, it is not better than soda. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children limit their juice to 1/2-cup (4 ounces) per day.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks, fruit-flavored drinks, sweet tea and flavored milk also have just as much sugar as soda. It is best to enjoy one serving of these beverages as a treat. In fact, most people do not need sports drinks unless they are exercising very hard for more than 90 minutes.

Try This Instead

  • Pour 1/4-cup juice in a tall glass filled with ice, then top it off with plain water or sparkling water.
  • Water is always a good choice to hydrate your body and give you energy.
  • Choose to have a piece of fruit versus juice. Whole fruit has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than juice.

Parental Advice

  • Provide your family with fresh fruit options.
  • Make water the number one beverage.
  • Limit 100 percent juice to 1/2-cup (4 ounces) per day.
  • Dilute juice with water until you get to the goal of 1/2-cup per day.