As a follow-up to Fruit Juices May Contribute to Obesity, a recent study found that small amounts of 100% fruit juice does not increase obesity risk in young children. The previous study examined adolescents and did not specify whether 100% fruit juice was used, making me question the conclusions of both the researchers and myself.
Children whose diet included 100% fruit juice had improved nutrient intakes over children not drinking juice.
Fructose remains an issue with regards to insulin resistance. But, children with normal activity can safely consume reasonable amounts of 100% fruit juice as part of their diet… which should also include whole fruits.
You just need to work out how much juice there is in one apple. Many drinks have the content of several fruits; not something you’d eat in one go, usually.
I would prefer whole fruits over fruit juice… but still better fruit juice than soda 🙂