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Do fruit juices and smoothies contain sugar?

Fruit naturally contains sugars and because our smoothies and juices are made entirely from fruit, they contain sugars too, as well as many of the positive nutrients that come with fruit like vitamin C and in the case of smoothies, fibre. The amount of sugar in a 250ml serving of one of our smoothies is the same as you'd find in a banana and another portion of fruit, and the amount of sugar in a 150ml serving of our juice is the same as you'd find in a banana. We don't add any sugar to our fruit juices and smoothies.

Are fruit juices and smoothies okay for my teeth?

Drinking smoothies and fruit juices has a similar effect on your teeth as eating whole fruit. Dental experts believe any food or drink that contains sugars or acids, including fruit, could damage your teeth if you don't look after them properly. So remember to always brush them twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, try to keep food and drinks that contain sugars or acids to mealtimes, avoid swishing liquids round your mouth, use a straw and chew sugar-free gum after eating.

What about fruit juices and smoothies and weight gain?

Several studies, including the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), have shown that people who drink fruit juice in line with dietary recommendations are more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who don't drink fruit juice. They also eat more portions of fruit and veg and are more likely to get their 5-a-day1234.

There's no secret to why we put on weight - consuming more calories than we need results in weight gain, no matter where those extra calories come from.

On average, a 150ml serving of our fruit juice provides 3% of your daily calories and a 250ml serving of our smoothies provides 7% (based on a total daily target of 2000 calories). And what's important is that with each calorie you consume via a fruit juice and smoothie, you also get all the positive nutrients like vitamin C, and in the case of smoothies, the fibre as well.

Is it better to eat whole fruit instead of drinking juices or smoothies?

We're big fans of fruit as well as juices and smoothies, and we would always encourage people to eat as much whole fruit and veg as possible to help them hit their 5-a-day target. We'd love it if everyone ate five whole pieces of fruit and veg every day but, unfortunately, that's not the case, as two thirds of us are currently not eating enough fruit and veg. That's where our smoothies and juices come in - an easy (and tasty) way to help people get one of your 5-a-day.

Our juices and smoothies are made with 100% fruit, and can count as 1 (150mL) of your 5-a-day.

How many smoothies or how much juice can I drink a day?

A glass of fruit juice or a smoothie a day is a great part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. As our juices and smoothies are made entirely from fruit (and veg), one 150mL glass counts as one of your 5-a-day. Only one glass a day counts though, any additional glasses of juice or smoothie don't count towards your daily total.

Does the process of making and bottling your smoothies and juice affect their nutritional value?

We gently pasteurise all our drinks to make sure that they are safe to drink. Testing has shown that the pasteurisation process has minimal impact on nutrient content and you can be sure that the nutritional information on the label is what you're getting in the bottle.

Are fruit juices and smoothies good to give to children?

Absolutely. It's recommended that children eat a healthy, balanced diet and that includes getting their five portions of fruit and veg every day. Official Government advice says that a 150ml glass of pure, unsweetened, 100% fruit juice or smoothie counts as one of your 5-a-day. Remember: only one glass of juice or smoothie a day counts, and any additional won't count towards their daily total. The Children's Food Trust refers to fruit juices as a healthier drink option, and include them in their standards for school lunches5. As with adults, it's important that children eat a balanced diet, and look after their teeth properly. You can read more about how to look after your children's teeth here.

Our smoothies and juices are for children aged 12 months and over. Between the ages of 1 to 4, fruit juices and smoothies can be a useful source of vitamin C and help introduce children to different fruits. With younger children, it's recommended to dilute juices and smoothies with water and give it to them at mealtimes using a cup, beaker or with a straw.

Is there still fibre in your juice and smoothies?

Fibre is important for good health, and many of us in the UK don't get enough fibre in our diets. innocent smoothies contain fibre because they're made from whole crushed fruit. A 250ml serving of one of our smoothies will provide between 2-4g of fibre. Leeds University carried out some research to compare the fibre in fruit to that in a smoothie, and showed the fibre in our smoothie remains intact and is structurally similar to crushed fruit. To read the science, click here.

Juices are different to smoothies as they don't contain whole crushed fruit, so you don't find fibre in them.

Why is vitamin C good for me?

Vitamin C is found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It has many important functions, such as: it helps increase iron absorption, it supports the normal function of the immune system and it helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin C is also classified as an antioxidant, which means it can help prevent free radicals causing damage to our cells. In other words, it helps protects our cells from oxidative stress.

Vitamin C is water-soluble, which means that our bodies can't store it. Because our bodies can't make it either, we have to get it from our diet. Our juices and smoothies all provide you with vitamin C. For example, a 150mL glass of OJ with bits gives you approximately 46% of your daily vitamin C needs. Fruit juice is an important source of vitamin C for children in the UK, particularly for those that struggle to meet their 5-a-day.

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