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Question: Please comment about the pros and cons of fruit juice in general and orange, in particular. One hears so many bad comments about juice. Many times it's compared to soda, which I think obfuscates the 'eating healthy' message. — Robert
Gary Emmett, MD, FAAP weighs in:
Positives of juice:
- 100% fruit juices without additives (especially sugar) such as prune, grape and apple (in reasonable quantities of 4 to 6 ounces daily) are excellent laxatives that are very natural for those who have trouble with regular bowel movements.
- Orange juice in small quantities (less than 6 oz per day) supplies Vitamin C but so does a multivitamin, and it supplies potassium but so does bananas.