Here is Why We Should All Stop Buying Juice Box
Have you ever cut the box of your favorite juice? Here’s what you can find in an unexpired juice box:
This juice box is from one lady who decided to open the juice box. It was full of mold. Apparently moldy juice boxes are nothing new. Even if a very tiny bit of air gets into the container then molds can easily grow. Through a hole air can get into a juice box. That hole can be so small you can’t see it, and it doesn’t cause leaking at all. Such a tiny puncture permits also the sugars in the juice to ferment, turning the product into a form of alcohol.
Juicy Juice and other kid’s juice products are made without preservatives, permitting mold to grow even more easily.
The good news is that fermented juice is usually not very dangerous to drink.
But we recommend cutting out the juice, anyway. Why? Well because juice is simply full of sugar and calories that some call it a gateway drug. Sugar ingestion can cause release of natural opiates . Opiate release stimulates the desire for junk food and other sweets.
High fat foods and salt can trigger release of pleasure-inducing opiates as well. This is why so many people binge on potato chips, ice cream, and other favorite junk foods.
The more sugar-laden juice your children drink, the more they will beg for another juice box and the more opiates flood their system. After drinking all those empty calories and stimulating sweet tooth, chances are your children won’t be interested in eating dinner.
Some high fat, high sugar, high salt food might sound good, right. Sound familiar?
Too much fruit juice can also cause diarrhea,tooth decay and flatulence. There are plenty of other healthy foods that contain the vitamins your kids need, and without the calories and high sugar. Kids don’t need juice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this guidance regarding juice box, fruit juice and kids.
- Parents should not introduce juice into the diet of infants before 6 months of age, unless directed by physician. Small amounts of fruit juice may occasionally be recommended as a treatment for constipation.
- In children ages from 6 months to 6 years, fruit juice over whole fruit offers no nutritional benefit. Whole fruits also provide fiber and other beneficial nutrients.
- If you let your kids drink fruit juice, do not allow him or her to carry a bottle, sippy cup or box of juice throughout the day. You should limit the intake of fruit juice to 4 to 6 oz/d for children between1 – 6 years old. For children between 7 and 18 years old, parents should limit the intake if juice intake to 2 servings per day or 8 to 12 oz.
- These recommendations are for natural 100% fruit juice. The intake differs from juice drinks. Fruit drinks often provide little to no nutritional benefit at all.
Of course we all buy juice boxes for birthday parties and games. They keep kids happy, they are convenient and probably healthier than soda. But you won’t know if the juice is moldy until you start drinking it. Sometimes you won’t even know until you get to the bottom.