A glass of fruit juice is to stay as one of your 5-a-day. 150ml counts as one portion of your 5-a-day, and only one portion, no matter how much you drink. Campaigners had proposed removing fruit juice and smoothies from the 5-a-day guidelines, arguing that some juices not only contain high amounts of sugar, but that they give us a sweet tooth. This encourages sugar cravings, and can cause addiction to sugar, particularly concerning for children. One third of kids are now classed as obese, and if the rise in obesity continues at its current rate, half of kids will be obese by 2030. So campaigners are also looking at taxes on fizzy drinks, banning energy drinks for the young, and banning junk food advertisements before the 9pm watershed on TV.
However, an expert panel have told the Department of Health that fruit juice should stay as one of your 5-a-day. We know that well-made fruit juice, taken in small amounts, is good for us, as it contains plenty of nutrients, and what's more, it's really convenient. It's always worth checking the nutrition labels on juices and smoothies so you can identify the sugar content and if you do occasionally give juice to kids, it's a good idea to dilute it.