Fruit juice facts for pregnancy


Fruit juice facts for pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a time where there's lots of conflicting dietary advice. Here we look at 100% fruit juice and why it can be a useful drink when you're pregnant or planning a family.


100% fruit juice is simply a drink made by squeezing fruit. There are no preservatives, added sugars, artificial sweeteners or colours.

Nutrients for the body

  • 100% fruit juice, such as orange juice, contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C, folate* and potassium.

  • Folate, the natural form of folic acid, is important during pregnancy as it contributes to maternal tissue growth;

  • Experts recommend that women take a folic acid supplement before and during pregnancy to guard against birth defects such as spina bifida;

  • Folate also contributes to normal immune function, as well as contributing to a reduction in tiredness and fatigue;

  • Vitamin C contributes to normal immune function and supports collagen formation which is important for normal bones, skin and teeth;

  • Potassium contributes to normal muscle function and to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.

Fruit juice facts

As well as providing nutrients, a small glass of 100% fruit juice complements fruit and vegetable recommendations. In several countries, such as the UK, a 150 ml glass of fruit juice counts as an extra portion of fruit.

The sugars in 100% fruit juice come from the natural fruits used to make the juice. There are around 14 g of sugar and 62 calories in one small glass of fruit juice, which is well within diet recommendations. By law, manufacturers cannot add sugars to 100% fruit juice.

Experts agree that fruit juice is not harmful to teeth or gums if it's drunk once a day with a meal. Remember to brush teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

When to drink

A small glass of 100% fruit juice can be enjoyed at breakfast or with a meal. Iron levels can be an issue during pregnancy, so it is useful to know that vitamin C increases iron absorption from fortified foods, supplements and plant foods. A typical glass of 100% orange juice provides 68 mg of vitamin C, which is more than 80 per cent of the daily recommendation.

* remember that folate from food does not replace a prenatal folic acid supplement. Consult a healthcare professional if you have any questions about this.

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