Unhealthy Foods That Seem Healthy
The 7 Biggest Food Label Lies
Food Label Lie #5: Mott's Medleys Fruit and Vegetable Juice
The Crime: Although wholesome by juice standards, this one is promoted to parents as a substitute for real fruits and vegetables. But fruits and vegetables have fiber; Mott’s has none. (Search: What are the health benefits of fiber?)
The Evidence: The Mott’s label says that each bottle contains two servings of fruits and vegetables, and sadly, the USDA agrees. The government’s MyPlate considers juice to be a suitable substitution for produce. But here’s why it’s not: One of the biggest health boons of fruits and vegetables is the fiber, which fills the stomach, slows digestion, and fights disease. According to a recent study from Archives of Internal Medicine, people who consume the most fiber have a 22% lower chance of premature death from any cause. Yet at the current rate of consumption, Americans are getting only about half the fiber they need. A single apple has more than four grams of fiber. That’s about four grams more than a bottle of Mott’s Apple Medleys.
The Takeaway: Modest amounts of juice can fit into a healthy diet, but it’s no substitution for whole produce. Skip the beverage section and learn to Master the Produce Aisle instead.