Tuesday, January 25, 2011
While researching and checking my updated food families, I came across the idea of juices. I have been skeptical about labeling of juices for some time. Some definitions will help.
Fruit juice: the percentage of juice must be stated on the label. Preferably you'd like 100% fruit juice.
Fruit cocktail or drink: any beverage that contains 1-99% and whose label includes the word "juice", must also include the modifiers "beverage", "cocktail", or "drink".
Blend: indicates that is more than one juice present.
Nectar: "a diluted juice beverage that contains fruit juice or puree, water, and may contain sweetener"
If you want to read the FDA's food labeling guide, click here. I didn't find this government document to be helpful.The simplest thing is to read the list of ingredients. That's what I (the one and only Allergy Dude) do and what I've tried to teach my kids to do.