Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Product Review - Golden Circle Junior Fruit Drink

Written by Kate Bullen, APD

One of my friends discovered this fruit drink in a party bag that her daughter attended and she was curious to know what I thought of it! Oh the pressure!  The drink is essentially watered down juice – so I am happy with that. And the serve size is great for kids at only 125ml. BUT – my biggest concern is that it is recommended ‘for children 6 months to 3 years’. I wouldn’t recommend juice of any type for a child under the age of 12 months.  Babies have sensitive and immature guts – which is one of the reasons they can’t be given normal cows milk until 12 months of age – the same goes for juice. 


Yes this brand of juice is watered down, but I still wouldn’t be offering to babies – and it is easy to see a label saying that this drink is suitable for children from 6 months of age and to then assume that all juice is ok for kids.

As an occasional drink I would be happy for my children to have this juice. I suspect that the novelty of it would be enough to entice them – and I am always clear with my kids that any drink that isn’t milk or water is a ‘sometimes’ drink.

I think this type of drink can be a good option to include in a party bag or occasionally at a picnic. So there you go – a juice that I would recommend as an occasional drink for kids.  Although I have to say I couldn’t find it in my local supermarket – so not sure where to get it from??!

Taste - my friend drank it and said it tasted very watery. Which isnt surprising as the first ingredient is water, then reconstituted apple juice, natural flavour and vitamin C.

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