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14 June 2019

BSDA reacts to schools' fruit juice ban

British Soft Drinks Association director general Gavin Partington responds to fruit juice and smoothies being banned in primary and secondary schools in Scotland:

“Scottish children (those aged between 11 and 18) are consuming on average 75ml of fruit juice per day, meaning consumption does not currently exceed the recommended daily limit of 150ml.

"Fruit juice and smoothies contain a wealth of essential nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, folate and vitamin C, which is needed for a healthy muscle function, healthy immune system and to reduce tiredness and fatigue. It is also a convenient way to meet one of the 5 A Day target, which is currently so widely missed by children. 

“Public policy should focus on educating children about what foods contain and what sensible portion sizes look like, rather than indiscriminately labelling entire food groups as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ especially when they contain nutrients that our bodies need for health and wellbeing.”