Nutritionally, is Fruit Juice the Same as a Frozen Fruit Smoothie?

Back in the ‘80s, we were informed that eating too much fat caused obesity and other negative health issues. Food manufacturers responded to the trend by removing fat from products, but adding more sugars. Then, in the 2000’s, consumers realized that added sugars were actually making them fat anyway, and leading to an explosion in type 2 diabetes. So the food industry again responded, sweetening their foods with “fruit juice concentrate,” something that sounded like whole nutrition, and made us all think it was healthier.  

Becoming more aware of the possible harmful effects of table sugar, many folks are trying to make improvements to their diets. But did you know that many so-called “health foods” actually contain high levels of sugars in the form of fruit juice concentrate?

More recent studies have shown that drinking undiluted fruit juices can actually have the same impact on your blood sugar as drinking a can of regular sugar-sweetened soda. So the reality is, the new “healthy” drinks and foods sweetened with fruit juice concentrate contain just as much sugar as they used to. Your body doesn’t care about the source of the sugar. In the body, sugar is sugar.

Fruit Juice Concentrate in Foods
If you regularly read food labels, you have probably noticed that fruit juice concentrate is rapidly replacing high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners in our food. Fruit juice concentrate is a fast-growing ingredient used by the food industry.
And most folks would think that this trend would be a good, healthy change, right? Unfortunately, the sugars from fruit juice are really no different from regular table sugar (sucrose). Your body absorbs both types of sugar in the same manner, and they have the same effect on your blood sugar levels.

Fruit Juice is Not the Same as Whole Fruit
It’s tempting to believe the hype around fruit juices, because it certainly seems healthier. Fruit juices are marketed as a quick, easy way to help you get your daily servings of fruit. But unfortunately, drinking fruit juice is not nutritionally the same as eating the whole fruit.

A BMJ study looked at whether consuming fruit juices or whole fruit could lead to type 2 diabetes. It was an extensive study that involved over 180,000 individuals. The researchers found conclusive evidence that eating specific whole fruits (including blueberries) actually reduced the chance of diabetes. On the other hand, regularly drinking fruit juice was found to increase the chance of diabetes.

What’s the difference? When you eat the whole fruit, all the extra fiber prevents sugar from being absorbed quickly in your gut. On the other hand, when you drink fruit juice, there is nothing stopping the fructose from being absorbed quickly and spiking your blood sugar. In response to this type of information, in the UK, fruit juices will soon have to be labeled with a red “traffic light” warning sign to signify that they have a high sugar content.

Natural Whole-fruit Nutrition
At Froozer® we present natural fruits and veggies in all their glory, with no sugar added, no juice, puree, nor concentrate. Our frozen whole-fruit bars are:  All Natural, Antioxidant Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, Naturally Low in Calories, and Vegan. Want to try them for yourself? You can find them in various grocery stores such as Whole foods. We can’t wait for you to try Froozer® and let us know what you think!

Healthy Children’s Eating Habits: Building Smart Choices at a Young Age for Whole Nutrition

When it comes to healthy children’s eating habits, it is great to introduce them to a healthy lifestyle at a young age to help it be easier to maintain whole nutrition.  Even if you have work to do on your own diet, implementing a healthier lifestyle is a perfect way to bond with your family with a beneficial initiative. Everyone will feel better and can encourage each other to make smart decisions. Below are 4 ways to help your children learn how to steer clear from junk food and enjoy making smart food choices:

  • Introduce and Let Them Choose: We can’t expect children to like every food they are given. No one enjoys everything! However, the more foods you try, the more likely you are to find something that you enjoy eating. For kids, offer them new fruits and vegetables often. Introduce them in all kinds of ways. Wondering how? Check out these 26 Food Swaps to make You Healthier from BuzzFeed. Often times, you can disguise certain foods in recipes!
  • Team Effort: Make a healthier lifestyle of whole nutrition a family affair! When you meal plan for the week, incorporate everyone’s ideas. Set up a family meal planning meeting each week and let everyone share his or her ideas. This is the perfect way for both parents and kids to get foods they like in their meals each week. You could even work the conversation into your normal family dinners. Another way to make the process more involved for everyone is to cook together as a group. Allow your children to learn the process, from food prep to putting it on the table. It will be easier to get them on board with healthy eating habits when it is something they are a part of.
  • Encourage Healthy Snacks: As you and your family eat throughout the day, be sure to always have healthy snacks on hand. Having fruits such as apples, bananas and grapes readily available, or vegetables like broccoli or baby carrots, is a great way to encourage snacking. Frozen fruits are also a great item to have on hand – and perfect for smoothies! This is a much healthier alternative for snacks rather than allowing your little ones to eat chips, cookies, sugary soda, etc. Plus, it will help keep them feeling good and be more attentive.
  • Kick Off the Day Right: A nutritious breakfast is the ideal way to start off your children’s day. According to Healthy Children, children that eat a quality breakfast are overall much healthier. It provides them the nutrients they need and helps them start their day right. It is important to make sure they have plenty of protein, whether it be eggs, yogurt or a healthy cereal (avoid sugary cereals). Frozen fruit smoothies are also a great way to supplement your breakfast, from strawberry and banana smoothies to blueberry and raspberry.

When it comes to helping your children develop healthy eating habits, look to Froozer! Our goal is to create a new way of delivering a healthy nutritious lifestyle that looks and tastes great and is the perfect addition for your family’s meal plan. Get meal ideas and browse our product selection to make the move toward whole nutrition!