AS A MARKETING GIMMICK, MOTTS FOR TOTS CLAIMS â€œ40% less sugarâ€ than other fruit juices. The idea is, since many people cut their kidâ€™s apple juice with water, those people could just buy it already cut with water in a juice box.
BUT HEREâ€™S THE TRUTH:
Motts for Tots juice box â€“ 13g of sugar
Apples and Eve Fruitables juice box â€“ 15g sugar
Juicy Juice 100% Apple juice box â€“ 13g of sugar
Apples and Eve Big Bird juice box â€“ 12g sugar
SO WHILE MOTTS FOR TOTS ISNâ€™T LYING, it is misleading consumers. If you compare Motts for Tots with bottled juices, it does have less sugar. But compared to other juice boxes, itâ€™s about the same.
The bottom line: If you give your child juices boxes youâ€™re not saving on sugars by buying Motts for Tots.
And a few words about apple juice in general:
- No matter how many pediatricians recommend it, itâ€™s not the healthiest option for your child.
- The vitamin C is put into the apple juice, it doesnâ€™t occur there naturally.
- The majority of apple juices (including the three brands above) are made with concentrates from a variety of countries (like China) where regulations differ and sometimes arenâ€™t as rigorous and the U.S.
- Some apple juices, such as Motts for Tots are made using natural and artificial flavors, not just apple juice.
- Recently, a study was released revealing that most brands of apple juice contain lead.
- Regardless of what the government allows food companies to say, juice does not equal a serving of fruit.
The bottom bottom line: Iâ€™m not sure how apple juice became the juice of choice for toddlers and kids, but itâ€™s definitely not the healthiest option. If you give your kids juices, go for 100%, non-clear juices which have more nutrients and fewer additives â€“ but remember to check the ingredients!