Healthiest and Unhealthiest Juice Boxes for Kids

Just because it says "juice" on the label, it isn't necessarily all that healthy.

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Healthiest and Unhealthiest Juice Boxes for Kids

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Unfortunately, a lot of juice brands that are labeled “healthy” or “100 percent juice” are made with large amounts of sugar hiding in the juice concentrates and unwanted chemicals. Don’t let the labels and ingredient lists fool you, because “no added sugar” or “100 percent juice” doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no sugar at all, or that it’s made with all natural fruit juice.

Take a look at our roundup of some of the healthiest and unhealthiest juice boxes (with a few pouches and bottles added) for kids’ lunchboxes, and keep an eye out for high sugar contents and unnecessary chemicals.

Capri Sun Coastal Cooler

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Capri Sun is a classic brand. However, with 13 grams of sugar in only 5.9 ounces of juice, you might want to reconsider adding it to your kid’s lunch. Sugar is the second ingredient on the label (after water), which should be a huge red flag for mothers.

Capri Sun Coastal Cooler ingredients: filtered water, sugar, apple juice concentrate, citric acid, strawberry juice concentrate, and natural flavor.

Minute Maid Apple White Grape Juice Box

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With its well-known line of lemonade products, Minute Maid has a reputation as being suitable for both adults and children. Though the calorie count on the juice boxes are under 100, each box includes a hefty 20 grams of sugar.

Minute Maid Apple White Grape Juice Box ingredients: water, apple juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate, natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Mott's For Tots

Yes, the name “Mott’s For Tots” may have a nice ring to it, but the sugar content per package may sway your opinion. Each eight-ounce juice box contains 15 grams of sugar.

Mott’s For Tots Apple Juice Box Ingredients: Purified water, apple, grape and cherry juice concentrates, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vegtable juice concentrates (color), natural flavors, alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), vitamin A palmitate.

Juicy Juice Apple Juice Box

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This familiar brand’s juice boxes have appealing packaging for children, but a 6.75-ounce box contains nearly 22 grams of sugar. We’re guessing it won’t make the kiddo’s lunchbox from now on.

Juicy Juice Apple Juice Box ingredients: apple juice from concentrate (water, juice concentrate), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid.   

V8 Fusion Apple Kids Juice Box

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V8’s claim to fame is that they provide all your suggested fruit or vegetable serving in just one drink. Though this may be true, they also provide 13 grams of sugar in just one 6.75-ounce apple juice box.

V8 Fusion Apple Kids Juice Box ingredients: water, reconstituted vegetable juice blend (water and concentrated juices of sweet potatoes and carrots), reconstituted fruit juices (water and concentrated juices of apples and white grapes), natural flavoring, malic acid, and vitamin C.

 

Apple & Eve

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Finally, an apple juice that is made with real apples. Additionally, the apples in the juice at organically grown, and the product is USDA Organic-approved. Drink up, kids!Apple & Eve 

Apple Juice Box ingredients: organic apple juice (filtered water sufficient to reconstitute organic apple juice), malic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 

Back to Nature Apple Juice Pouches

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This may be one of the few juices out there with a label reading “100 percent natural” that can actually back up its claim. This juice is non-GMO, eco-friendly, vegetarian, and the company behind it is involved with charities. Pack this in your child’s lunchbox and let her sip for a cause.

Back to Nature Apple Juice ingredients: filtered water, apple juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid (for tartness).

Earth’s Best Organic Apple Juice

This truly may be one of Earth’s best juices to give your children, because it’s USDA organic and includes no growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids, or potentially harmful pesticides.

Earth’s Best Organic Apple Juice ingredients: organic apple juice from concentrate (organic apple juice concentrate, water), calcium citrate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch Organic Juice Drink

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These juice packs are certified organic, gluten-free, and vegan. They also have only nine grams of sugar and they’re under 50 calories — you can’t go wrong with Honest Kids.

Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch Organic Juice Drink ingredients: filtered water, organic white grape juice from concentrate, organic strawberry juice from concentrate, organic watermelon juice from concentrate, natural flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), organic natural flavors, and citric acid.

Whole Foods 365 Organic Fruit Punch Juice

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We believed we saved the best for last, though after an initial look at the nutrition label, some might be in disbelief. Yes, there’s 331 calories in 8 ounces, but when you’re dealing with a child’s diet, calories aren’t something to get worked up about. Beverages for kids should be organic and low in sugar, and this juice is both!

Whole Foods 365 Organic Fruit Punch Juice ingredients: organic apple juice from concentrate (filtered water, organic apple juice concentrate), organic red grape juice from concentrate (filtered water, organic red grape juice concentrate), organic raspberry juice from concentrate (filtered water, organic raspberry juice concentrate), organic strawberry juice from concentrate (filtered water, organic strawberry juice concentrate), organic cherry juice from concentrate), calcium lactate, ascorbic acid (vitamin c), citric acid.