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Is thick juice just as unhealthy as lemonade?

  1. If I want to give children a sweet drink instead of water, does it matter if I choose thick juice (with fruit sugars) or lemonade (with added sugars)? What's healthier?

  1. Patricia Schutte, nutritionist Fruit contains fruit sugars (glucose and fructose). Added sugars are sugars that manufacturers add to products or that you add yourself, for example sugar or honey in your tea or yogurt. As with fruit, these sugars consist of the components glucose, fructose or a mixture of these. Added sugars are also of natural origin. Granulated sugar, for example, comes from sugar beets or sugar cane.


  1. All types of sugar, including fruit sugars, are processed in the same way by the body. Sugar is converted by the body into glucose, which is used for energy. All sugars contain about the same amount of calories.

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  1. Drink labels show how many calories they contain per 100 milliliters. Remember that a cup can hold about 150 milliliters and 250 milliliters in a long drink glass. And don't get distracted by all sorts of cries on drinks. Think of 'without added sugar', 'natural', 'pure juice' or 'with extra vitamin C'. Stay critical as these terms don't say anything about the number of calories in a drink. And your child does not need extra vitamins through drinking if he eats healthy.

Drinking water nicer Water is the very best thirst quencher. Tips to make drinking water more fun: Serve water in a jug with mint leaves or lemon slices. You can also decorate a glass of water with a slice of orange, a slice of cucumber, a nice straw or a colorful umbrella. Make ice cubes with a mint or basil leaf, fruit such as a raspberry, grape or blueberry. Put the ice cube in a glass of water. Do you also have a question? Then ask one of our experts. Always go to your doctor with urgent questions, the experts are not the right person for that. They also don't make diagnoses. You can find the other conditions here. Patricia Schutte has worked for more than 25 years as an information officer at the Netherlands Nutrition Center in The Hague. She answers questions about healthy, sustainable and safe food. Don't miss anything anymore?

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