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Chance to win a £150 Waitrose voucher! Join a Q&A on fruit juice with nutritionist Fiona Hunter ANSWERS NOW BACK!

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 05-Dec-14 16:54:02

Over the next week, we're running a Q&A about fruit juice with Fiona Hunter, a qualified independent nutritionist and member of the British Dietetic Association. You may have read a number of stories in the papers about fruit juice and have some questions about its role in the diet for you and your family. For example, can 100% juice be one of your 5 a day, what goes into juice, when is it best to drink juice and how much to help ensure my children have a balanced diet?

Fiona has a BSc (Hons) Nutrition Degree and a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics from Kings College London. She worked as a Registered Dietitian in the NHS for seven years and for the last 15 years has worked as an independent nutrition consultant, writer and broadcaster.

Post your questions to Fiona before 9am on Friday 12th December and we'll send over a selection to which she will provide answers. There is a £150 Waitrose voucher up for grabs for one lucky Mumsnetter who posts a question. We will post Fiona's answers w/c 12 January.

This Q&A is sponsored by Tropicana.

rachaelsit Fri 05-Dec-14 19:41:07

I have a 7 month old and I'm wondering what age babies can start to drink pure fruit juice like tropicana, on account of its natural sugars?

addictedtosugar Fri 05-Dec-14 20:29:34

How much better is a fresh fruit than freshly squeezed juice, compared to pasteurised shop bought (assuming you only had one fruits worth of each!)?
Are smoothies any better than fruit juice?

Whyisitsodifficult Fri 05-Dec-14 20:36:08

My children have a diluted not from concentrate fresh juice with every meal. This was on the advice of health visitors when I was weaning years ago, as apparently the vitamin C helped the body absorb iron. Now I often read differing opinions on juice, especially on damaging tooth enamel. They still have juice, diluted but use a straw. What is the benefit to children on drinking juice with meals?

AliceinWinterWonderland Fri 05-Dec-14 20:39:52

When we were growing up (40 years ago), my mother made sure we had juice with our breakfast every day - it was part of the accepted breakfast on a daily basis. Now it seems there's a lot of people throwing information out there that it's not good for teeth, not good for weight loss, high sugar so not good for general diet. So is juice something that is recommended as a daily boost of fruit intake? Or is that outdated and it needs to be more of an occasional thing?

IvyMay Fri 05-Dec-14 20:40:10

I've read that juice (orange in particular) can be bad for tooth enamel. How true is this and if it is a potential problem is there anything we can do to minimize it?

Snog Fri 05-Dec-14 20:43:17

Which is better for you, Apple or orange juice?

DurhamDurham Fri 05-Dec-14 20:43:28

Should fresh juice continue to be considered one of your five a day given all the negative publicity sugary drinks have had?

MaryWestmacott Fri 05-Dec-14 20:47:01

Is it better for teeth to drink juice with a meal than on it's own?

NewJumper Fri 05-Dec-14 20:47:22

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CMOTDibbler Fri 05-Dec-14 20:48:43

Ds who is 8 likes juice, so it is better to let him have his one glass a day with a meal, or does it not matter?

Riverland Fri 05-Dec-14 20:52:52

Fiona can you advise on juice drinking quantity? What is the RDA for an adult and for a child, please?

What are the potential drawbacks to consuming more than the RDA?

Thankyou!

StampyShortnose Fri 05-Dec-14 20:57:31

How much juice should a child be drinking as a guide?

You hear that it's healthy (one of our 5 a day) but that it causes tooth decay.

I am a bit confused about much juice my kids should have, if any!

BellaVida Fri 05-Dec-14 21:00:01

We hear a lot about fruit juices but what about juicing vegetables or making mixed juices with fruit and veg? I think it would be a great way to get the kids to have their 5 a day, but have no idea what would work best or how to make them palatable for young tastebuds?

ceridwyn Fri 05-Dec-14 21:18:19

Would it be better to put fruit juice on cereal and drink milk later on in the day or vice versa with regards both digestion and tooth enamal health? Not immediately after, obviously...that would cause gastronomic pyratechnics! Also, is a smoothie better plain than juice alone?

CatCushion Fri 05-Dec-14 21:22:21

Does it help to protect teeth to drink a glass of water after drinking juice?

QuickQuickSloe Fri 05-Dec-14 21:23:09

Is there much nutritional difference between long life and fresh fruit juice?

kettlepot Fri 05-Dec-14 21:26:00

Is there much of a difference between concentrated fruit juices and juices from non concentrate? In terms of sugar and health benefits.

Also, is it better to juice your own over shop bought juice? Any tips on ensuring vitamins are retained?

Baconknickers Fri 05-Dec-14 21:37:15

Is there a better time of day to enjoy fruit juices from a health perspective ? E.g morning for energy levels although I always worry about it cuddling with cereal milk ....

RifRaf Fri 05-Dec-14 21:43:30

Is there a nutritional difference between smooth juice and juice 'with bits?'

500smiles Fri 05-Dec-14 21:47:31

If smoothies are whole fruits blended up, why do they only count as 2 of your 5 a day?

NotMrsTumble Fri 05-Dec-14 21:49:32

Why is there such a high level of advertising of fruit juices and smoothies at the kids and family market? This contributes to the idea mentioned above that not giving dc juice is mean. Surely it's much healthier to eat an actual orange than just drink the juice? Given their high sugar and often high acid content, juices are not a particularly healthy option for waistline or teeth and yet are heavily marketed as being a healthy choice. Is this a problem of the industry or with the advertising guidelines' definition of healthy?

RunsWithScissors Fri 05-Dec-14 21:50:26

My DD loves to make our own smoothies. Is this healthier and than shop bought ones?

I was under the pression that if all of the fruit is used/blended, it's healthier (more fibre), than just getting the juice from the fruit. Is that correct?

mipmop Fri 05-Dec-14 23:52:55

Is fruit juice beneficial for children or adults, and if so, what type of juice (freshly squeezed, not from concentrate, no artificial additives...)?

trice Fri 05-Dec-14 23:57:12

Is cranberry juice really any healthier than apple juice?

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