Position Statements

Fruit Juice

  •  The UK Government has recommended that a portion of 150ml fruit juice or smoothie can count as one of your 5 A Day
  • Consumption of fruit juice in the UK equates to an average of 41ml per person per day; just 1% of the calories in the average British diet

  • Fruit juice does contain naturally occurring sugar, but also provides essential nutrients including vitamin C, folate, potassium and calcium.

  • According to Government data the majority of adults and children in the UK do not meet the minimum recommendation of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Lower income groups tend to have poorer diets, particularly with respect to fruit and vegetable consumption

  •  Check out our pamphlet.

BSDA

Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General: “The majority of adults and children in the UK do not meet the minimum recommendation of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Fruit juice does contain naturally occurring sugar, but also provides essential vitamins and nutrients which is why Government has recommended that it can count as one of your 5 A Day. It is worth remembering that the consumption of fruit juice in the UK equates to an average of 41ml per person per day; just 1% of the calories in the average British diet.”

Key facts

Almost all fruit juices have a low glycaemic index.

Fruit juice consumers have a lower body weight, body mass index and waist circumference than people who do not drink juice.

Adults and children who drink fruit juice eat more portions of fruit and vegetables than non-juice consumers.

Fruit juice drinkers have higher intake levels of essential nutrients which are not found in fruit juice, so juice consumers are enjoying healthier diets than their non-drinking counterparts.

Learn more about fruit juice.