Will Canada's Food Guide Drop Juice?

For many parents, giving kids a glass of juice in the morning or juice in their lunchbox may seem like the healthy thing to do. But potential changes to Canada's Food Guide could make you reconsider this drink. According to many health professionals and dieticians, your kids may as well be drinking soda - juice contains high sugar content and a number of pound-packing calories.

At the recent Canadian Obesity Summit, Health Canada's Food Guide was under fire for listing juice as 'one serving of fruits and vegetables.' Participants at the summit suggested that the current food guide recommendation might lead Canadians to consume several glasses of juice per day, since it's an easier and more convenient way to meet the daily vegetable and fruit requirement.

Shortly after the summit, Health Canada announced that it is reviewing its position on this recommendation and is considering whether fruit juice should be removed as a healthy dietary choice under Canada’s Food Guide. The guide currently advises that children and adults consume up to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Half a cup (125 ml) of 100 per cent fruit juice is among the recommended examples of one serving, though their website does also states that 'you should consume vegetables and fruit more often than juice.'

Others agree. The World Health Organization says that you should limit consumption of “free sugars,” including sugar in honey, syrups and fruit juices to a maximum of 10 per cent of daily calories, with an ideal limit of five per cent. The Childhood Obesity Foundation, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are among the health organizations that recommend limiting juice intake, encouraging children and adults to eat more oranges, apples and other high fibre fruits instead.

To view Canada's Food Guide, click here.

Will your family be cutting back on juice?

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