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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"People think juice is healthy, but it's not," says Dr. Robert H. Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at UCSF and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Clinic. "Drinking juice — even if it says "100% natural" — is no better than drinking soda."</td>
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I need to send this link to my dad. He drinks HUGE amounts of orange juice everyday and keeps telling me its healthy. I don't know how many times I've told him that after about the first 8 oz it's just like drinking soda. But then, what did I expect from the man who "saves" antibiotics for the next time he's sick?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I knew juice wasn't good, but I didn't realize it was that bad.
 

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I disagree with this study. I just don't see how drinking 100% orange (insert fruit here) juice is as bad as the strange concoction of food coloring, corn syrup, and whatever else weirdness is in there.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I disagree with this study. I just don't see how drinking 100% orange (insert fruit here) juice is as bad as the strange concoction of food coloring, corn syrup, and whatever else weirdness is in there.</div>
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There's no Red 40 or Yellow 5 in my oj.
 

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There's no Red 40 or Yellow 5 in my oj.</div>
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Or high fructose corn syrup,or phosphoric acid,or artificial flavoring.
 

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Yeah, it may not be any better with regard to the sugar content, but juice is definitely better than soda. More vitamins, fewer chemicals.
 

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I don't think that great quantities of juice is great for you, but to say its no better than soda? That seems a little far fetched to me. Soda is 100% non-natural in most cases, with chemicals, dyes, and preservatives. Juice at least has some vitamins and minerals, and no artificial crud.<br><br>
I think that it is telling that his big bad example of the harmfulness of juice uses an obese kid who drinks a whole <b>gallon</b> of juice every day. Pretty much any non-water beverage consumed in that quantity is going to cause harm!!! Heck, kids don't even need to be drinking a gallon of water, either.
 

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I always take those things with a grain of salt. This week, margarine is great for you---much better than natural butter. Next week, oh my goodness!<br>
Butter is so much better for you than margarine. What were we thinking??<br><br>
These studies flip flop all the time!<br><br>
Eat natural food; live intuitively!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always take those things with a grain of salt. This week, margarine is great for you---much better than natural butter. Next week, oh my goodness!<br>
Butter is so much better for you than margarine. What were we thinking??<br><br>
These studies flip flop all the time!<br><br>
Eat natural food; live intuitively!</div>
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We drink water when thirsty here. Or sometimes REAL juice. (Freshly squeezed from fresh organic fruit.) Other juices really are nasty, I totally believe the article!
 

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Yes! There is nothing better than fresh carrot juice. When I drink juice from a jar, I always cut it in half with sparkling water. Yum.
 

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I guess I'll just stick to beer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But then, what did I expect from the man who "saves" antibiotics for the next time he's sick?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> Geez, my mom does that too. She saves them and will take a couple when she gets a cold and magically gets better the next day! Never stops to think that time and rest may have had something to do with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She seems to be amazed and horrified by turns that I don't give my kids antibiotics unless they have an active infection.<br><br>
I have long been a juice non-advocate for my kids. While I do think that throwing all juice in the pile with soda is a wee bit much, the end result of them is largely the same. Metabolically speaking, they aren't much different!<br><br>
I see kids at my DS's preschool all the time drinking some kind of "juice" box or packet. IMO apple juice is the worst. Great big ol' sugar bomb. My DD doesn't like juice, never has...but DS will drink some if given the opportunity. He might get juice a half dozen times a year...usually pulpy OJ I've bought for when I get sick. OJ and chili are my cravings when I come down with a cold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I can really see where the doctor is coming from though. Lots of kids *do* drink juice or (worse) juice cocktails like they are water....rather, in place of water. That's a massive amount of sugar intake daily.<br><br>
Then there's the other faction that give their kids diet soda since there's no sugar...but that's a whole other can o' worms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I think the title is a bit misleading.<br><br><b>From the perspective of obesity prevention,</b> juice is no better than soda. Both are high in sugar and calories and won't fill you up- so you'll continue eating just as much.<br><br>
In terms of overall nutrition, juice is a better choice than soda because juice contains vitamin C and soda does not. One cup a day is plenty, and fruit is a better choice than any juice.<br><br>
ITA that the WIC program needs to be revamped. To the best of my knowledge, they're already working on it. The last few months I received WIC, we got a check good for $5 of fresh produce each month. I hope that one day they give those checks out routinely in place of the juice (also worth about $5 a month.)
 

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isn't freshly extracted juice more nutritious than bottled? I remember reading something about the longer it sits and oxidizes the more nutrients it loses.
 

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But some of us do not have the money for "fresh squeezed" juices. I am lucky if I can budget enough out to get a couple cartons of 100% orange juice and maybe 100% apple juice (no added sugar). My kids love juice. We drink a lot of water, but we are lactose intolerant and there is a crap load of sugar in the chocolate Silk they like.
 

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This doesn't surprise me. As a nurse practitioner put it to me once, think about how many oranges (along with their fiber) you would have to eat to get the equivalent of one glass of OJ. The OJ has all of the sugar, some of the vitamins, and none of the fiber. Her advice, and my philosophy, is to just eat an orange and drink a glass of water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yep. I read bout this two years ago:<br><br><a href="http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20050211/Babies_Juice_050211?s_name=&no_ads=" target="_blank">http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew..._name=&no_ads=</a>
 
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