Spotlight on juice: An analysis of research on the role of juice in the Australian diet
The Australian Dietary Guidelines [ADG] recognise the positive contribution juice (no added sugar) makes to a healthy dietary pattern and its role in helping many Australians meet their recommended daily fruit serves.
Juice is included in the ‘core food’ fruit recommendations: 125mL of fruit juice with no added sugar can be included as a serve of fruit occasionally.
While the ADG recognise the role of juice in a healthy dietary pattern, the proposed Health Star Rating [HSR] system communicates the contrary, with juice scoring as low as a 2.5 star rating, signalling to consumers that juice is not a healthier choice.
As the ADG were developed over seven years ago, the Australian Beverages Council Limited [ABCL] commissioned a research dossier to address this contradiction by collating the latest evidence related to juice consumption in Australia and its contribution to Australian dietary quality. By doing so, this dossier can provide valuable direction to inform further discussions on the proposed HSR for juice.
The ABCL has also developed an associated fact sheet that summarises the key findings and recommendation from the research dossier. Fast Facts on Juice: The role of juice in The Australian diet and implications for the HSR review