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What is the difference between 100% juice and fruit beverages?

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By : Nurturing Life's Nutrition Team | Montreal Diet Dispensary

The term “juice” indicates that the product is made from real fruit. 
Other fruit beverages contain added sugars and food coloring.

Therefore, 100% juice is made only from real fruit. Whether it is freshly squeezed or made from concentrate, 100% juice is a better dietary choice compared to fruit-flavored beverages.

Labels that include the terms “drink”, “beverage”, “nectar”, “punch” or “cocktail” are often composed of water, added sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, etc.), food coloring and other additives. It is possible for fruit beverages to contain juice from real fruit, but rarely in big quantity and never in full amount. In such cases, the label may indicate “made with real fruit” without the term “juice”.  These options are often less expensive, but also less healthy.

100% juices are generally a good convenient source of vitamin C, since they are available and affordable throughout the year, as opposed to certain fruits. However, make sure the label states 100% vitamin C per serving size of 250ml.

Example:   125ml of orange juice = $0.14

1 orange     = $0.35

Drink Juice in Moderation!

Children under 6 years of age should not drink more than 180 ml (¾ cup) of juice per day.

Children up to 18 years of age should drink a maximum of 300 ml of juice per day.

Eating real fruits is much better!


  • American Pediatrics Association (AAP), Committee on nutrition. (2001) The use and misuse of fruit juice in pediatrics. Pediatrics, 107(5), 1210-1213.
  • Gouvernement du Canada. (2014). Site web de la législation (justice). Règlement sur aliments et drogues.


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