Apple & Eve Fruitables: Too Good to Be Food?Posted on Oct 13th 2010 1:00PM by Keri Glassman
What's in It:
Juice from apple, purple carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, beet, pear, strawberry, raspberry and tomato juice concentrates, filtered water, natural flavors, citric acid, vegetable color, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin E acetate.
Let's begin with the first nine ingredients. Sounds like they would make a great salad right? "Juice from" these fruits and vegetables means a mixture of the plant's juices and filtered water, better known as juice concentrate. It's no surprise that filtered water is the next ingredient. While much of the nutrition in fruits and veggies are found in places other than the juice, like the pulp or skin, the juices provide a healthy dose of vitamins and nutrients for growing bodies.
Let's get specific. Apple juice is a great source of potassium, a nutrient which helps in muscle formation -- those tiny muscles wont be tiny for long! Both Beets and Purple carrots, a very close relative to the usual orange variety, are great sources of carotenoids, an antioxidant responsible for vision development and overall eye health. Familiar with the sniffles? Ward off the fall cold with a healthy dose of immunity boosting Vitamin C found in both sweet potatoes and pears.
Okay, next come the natural flavors. Those sound good, but where exactly do they come from? Natural flavoring could include any substance extracted from any part of the fruit, including the seeds, leaves, stem, oils, resins or essences. Food manufacturers often use these for flavoring, but are not required to label what exactly they are. While the lack of detail might seem suspicious, we can safely assume that these components are harmless.
Moving right along, we have a couple of ingredients that might need some clarification.
Citric acid is naturally present in citrus fruits and is often used for flavor and preservation, it even has strong antoxidative power on its own.
Vegetable color, believe it or not, is just what it sounds like. Plant pigments, like the red anthocyanins in berries, are extracted from the plant and used to add color to a product. These pigments are also known to supply hefty antioxidants, so no complaints here.
The last three ingredients are vitamins A, C, and E. All three are used for preservation and also boost the vitamin and antioxidant content of the juice.
Fruits and vegetables are imperative for kids as they provide essential nutrients for brain development, bone and muscle formation, immunity, and energy. Need I go on? You get the idea. Fruits and veggies are a non-negotiable when it comes to anyone - especially kids. I recommend a piece of real fruit or crudite with a glass of water over juice any day. The juice lacks the fiber found in the skin of raw fruits and vegetables and kids often go overboard with juice and skimp on other nutrient dense foods.
However, this juice is a great way to sneak in a full serving of fruits and veggies for kids on-the-go. It provides 100 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin C as well as 10 percent for vitamins A and E. Ingredients are all-natural with no added sugars or artificial flavoring and has one-third less sugar than other fruit juices. Keep in mind that one juice box is equivalent to the calories in one cup of sliced fruit. Whether you're a frequent lunch packer or prepping the car for a family trip, Fruitables is a convenient and nutrient packed option.
[a 6.75 fl oz juice box]
Fat: 0 g
Sodium: 10 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 15 g
Sugar: 9 g
Protein: 0 g
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Nationally recognized nutrition expert and published author of "The O2 Diet," Keri Glassman is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City. For years, Keri has been a leader in advancing a "whole person" approach to health and wellness. She has dedicated her career to creating services and promoting education through her Nutritious Life brand. You can be friends with Keri on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.