Mothers always have a tough time trying to make their kids eat healthy. It’s a never ending battle between the two were usually the kids win. Mothers spend hours cooking hot, delicious meals for the kids but the kids end up eating either not finishing the meal or eating it after it has turned cold.
So, why is it that kids today prefer unhealthy food over naturally available food? My child’s choices made me wonder if he was getting enough vitamins and minerals. I even wondered about the kind of preservatives used in those packaged products.
One of the most popular packaged foods is a fruit drink. I was always curious to know what’s inside those juices that made them taste so fresh. Then I learnt the harsh truth of “added sugar and preservatives”.
In order to gain more awareness on this subject, I attended a meet organized by #Tinystep and #TropicanaIndia on “Keeping up With Nutrients”. The panel comprised of a nutritionist, dietician and an R&D expert from Pepsico. There were 25 other mom bloggers at the event. We could clear any doubts we had about the making of these juices. This session definitely gave me a lot of insights about Tropicana juices. I was relieved to know that Tropicana 100% and Essentials range contains no added sugar and no preservatives.
The packaging of Tropicana juices is done by Tetra Pak which comes with 6 layers for complete protection from the external environment. Hence, there is no requirement to add any preservative. The packaging itself is sufficient to keep it as healthy and fresh as you need it.
It’s absolutely fine for children to consume juices when we know the ingredients well-enough to trust that brand. Tropicana has started a new range of juices called Tropicana Essentials. Tropicana essentials is a new range which is a blend of fruits and vegetables fortified with essential nutrients.Right now, there are two variants available – Tropicana Essential Iron and Tropicana Essential Fruits and Veggies. As you might have guessed by the name, they contain essential nutrients like iron, Vitamin A&C required for my child’s proper nutrition. Tropicana juice should not, however, be considered as a supplement but can be added to complement a healthy lifestyle.
Although it is recommended to consume 5 servings of fruit and veggies per day, the average intake is only 3.5 creating an average deficiency of 1.5. Just 1 serving (200 ml) of Tropicana Essentials FRUIT & VEGGIES is equivalent to consuming 1 serving of fruits and vegetables thus helping to bridge the nutritional gap.
So, the next time you give a glass or a pack of juice to your child, be assured that you are making the right choice. One serving of Tropicana juice per day along with well-balanced nutritious meals will help your child to obtain the essential nutrients that they need.
Just take a sip and relax… Trust your motherly instinct, as I always say. It can never go wrong.