Diabetes runs in my family, and I have been told that I should avoid excess sugars so I do not stress my body by making it process more sugar than necessary. Can bottled juice still be a healthy part of my diet, and how much can/should I have?

Fruit juice can be healthfully included into your diet!! It is a great way to help meet your fluid requirements throughout the day and they generally have a lot of much needed vitamins and minerals. Your nutritional goals may dictate which type of fruit juice that you choose. For example, if you are closely watching your weight, you may wish to avoid regular 100% fruit juice, which has around 140 calories per 8 oz. serving. You may wish to choose Healthy Balance juice instead. This is a reduced calorie juice sweetened with Splenda. It has only approximately 29 calories per 8 oz serving! The Healthy Balance juice still supplies 100% of your daily recommended need for vitamin C and comes in many tasty flavors. If you are not concerned with your weight, regular Old Orchard juice is a great choice! It is 100% fruit juice, full of vitamin C and does not contain any added colors, flavors, or preservatives. This juice also comes in many great flavors. If you are interested in an all natural juice that is still reduced calorie, you may wish to try Cranberry Naturals. It is around 70 calories per serving but it is naturally sweetened with Truvia and does not contain any artificial colors or flavors.

As far as how much I would recommend, again ask yourself what your diet and health goals are. If weight loss is your goal, I would recommend using the “Nutritional Needs” health calculator on our website. Here you will be able to calculate approximately how many calories you should be consuming each day. As a dietitian I am always telling people to be careful of liquid calories consumed. In addition, children often times do not need a lot of extra calories that can come from fluids. So, you might want to take that into account and choose the Healthy Balance juice to save some calories for you and your family. I generally drink 2-3 glasses of the Healthy Balance juice a day. If you are simply wanting to choose a healthier drink than soda, Old Orchard 100% fruit juice can be a great choice. Maybe have a glass or two a day and choose water the rest of the time.

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