What’s A Better Juice Box? (Do You Know What’s In Yours?)
- August 02, 2011 |
- by Janelle Sorensen, Healthy Child
About the only time my husband and I buy juice boxes for our kids is when we’re headed on a long road trip or when we go camping. But that’s just us. In most American homes, juice boxes are a convenient staple and many moms see the word “juice” and automatically think “healthy.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
Here are two ingredients that are far from healthy, yet often found in kids’ beverages:
• Added sweeteners. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common sweeteners, but as we reported two years ago, a pilot study found mercury contamination in this ubiquitous ingredient. It’s also highly processed and made using genetically modified ingredients – a combination leading to still unclear impacts. In addition, some studies have linked consumption of excess amounts of any type of added sugar — not just high-fructose corn syrup — to such health problems as weight gain, dental cavities, poor nutrition, and more.
• Artificial food dyes. Over the last three decades, repeated studies have concluded that modest doses of synthetic colors added to foods can provoke hyperactivity and other disturbed behavior in children. (We believe that’s enough damning evidence, despite the US FDA’s call for more research before regulating these toxic tints. And read Laurie’s HuffPost piece on artificial dye in our food as well)
What can you do? Read the rest of this article at HealthyChild.org to find out!