Small child

We test lenses, drinks and nectars


Do you know what is best to quench your thirst? What is the difference between juice, nectar and drink? What is worth paying attention to when reaching for a given product? Which of the common fluids shouldn't be in your baby's diet?

Well-informed mothers know that it is best to convince the baby to drink water. It does not contain a carbohydrate bomb that adversely affects the first teeth.

Juices, nectars and drinks help to supplement the baby's liquid menu. At home, you can make juices, but only if the fruits and vegetables that we use to produce them will come from a proven source. Then we are sure that we will give the child a product that will not hurt him.

When buying business products, marked BIO stamp, we have a guarantee that the components used to produce the drink were delivered from controlled crops. Ecological and organic nature are combined with the term BIO. Vegetables and fruit grown in an unconventional way for our time did not know what pesticides and artificial fertilizers are. Radiation and genetic modification are alien to them. However, if you have doubts whether a given juice, nectar or drink deserves the term "BIO", look carefully at the label. It is important for the producer to inform the consumer about the certificate number, the symbol of the institution that decided to grant the certificate.

We can store the juice squeezed in our own hands for up to 24 hours, but it tastes best for the first 4 hours of production.

In order not to buy something that we will later be dissatisfied with, let's carefully read the product labels. Manufacturers are trying to trick us into various marketing tricks. In practice, it turns out that "Exotic Nectar" contains mainly Polish fruit, and with a coconut, banana or pineapple it has a picture on the label or an artificial aroma. In turn, the slogan "100% juice" may try to divert our attention from the terrifyingly large amount of sugar that has been added to improve the taste.

Several definitions

How to distinguish nectar from juice and drink?

Juice, according to EU law, is an unfermented drink that was made using fresh fruit or vegetables. It should have the taste, smell and color typical of the fruit / vegetables from which it was produced. Although the most available juices on the market that are made from fruit concentrates, you can buy fresh, one-day products squeezed from fresh products. Let's look for them in store refrigerators. Juice worth our attention contains over 85% natural ingredients. As for sugar, it is the manufacturer's responsibility to inform us buyers if the amount of this "white flavor enhancer" in juice, or fructose or glucose syrup, exceeds 15g / l. Then the label should show "with the addition of sugar". The law allows the addition of citric acid (for the "care" of the color of the product), but the simultaneous occurrence of sugar and acidifying agents is not compatible.

If the manufacturer boasts that his product does not contain preservatives (juices are pasteurized), artificial colors and flavors, this is neither a reason to be proud, nor something that distinguishes him from the competition, just a simple marketing ploy. These are simply the rules that apply throughout the European Union.

In contrast, what speaks for the benefit of a given product is the presence of vitamins and minerals in it.

The most valuable for our health are cloudy juices, purees in which pieces of fruit float. If we are dealing with clear juice, we must reckon with the fact that during production it lost a lot of important ingredients in the form of fiber, minerals and vitamins.

When we find the inscription "from reconstituted juice" on the label, it means that the juice was used to produce it fruit pulp (i.e. fruit puree that has been concentrated and processed) diluted with water.

It is worth giving children cloudy juices in which pieces of fruit rich in fiber float. Serve only when you want to quench your thirst (they have been deprived of beneficial pectins and flavonoids, more valuable than vitamins E and C). Specialists recommend that the daily dose of infant juice should not exceed 150ml.

Nectar means nothing else than concentrated juice that has been dissolved in water. It is worth knowing that for a drink to be called nectar, it must contain the right amount of fruit. The greatest stringency concerns apples, pears, pineapples, oranges and peaches. There must be half of them. As for the other exotic fruits, as well as currants, there can be no less than a quarter in nectar. Nectars are usually sweeter than juices. The presence of honey next to sugar and acidifiers (vitamin C and citric acid) is not unusual here. Like juice, real nectar does not contain enhancers that affect its color, aroma and durability.

In the past, a drink could be sold as juice if it contained the right amount. Currently, no recipes regulate the amount of juice in a drink. To smuggle what cannot be added to nectars and juices, manufacturers call their products beverages. Often, such a product has never even stood next to fresh fruit. To illustrate how drinks are made, I will cite an example. We take the pulp of your favorite fruit, let it be a banana that has been mixed and improved with the help of formic acid, eliminating bacteria and fungi. We dissolve well in water and add a handful of sugar. To neutralize the overwhelming sweetness, we add citric acid. Is something missing? Of course, the drink does not smell anything. Let's add an intense, artificial aroma to it. Cheap, efficient and clever. And what is important - our product can last even a year and be fit for consumption at that time.

Sweet Apples Juice, Hipp, 0.2l, after 4 months, price PLN 3.09

In a small convenient bottle is a food product designed for babies and toddlers, which is made only from concentrated juice. To make sure that nobody before us has not read its contents, when unscrewing the nut should issue a characteristic "click".
It is extremely rare for an apple to irritate a tiny tummy. Children like its delicate taste and refreshing effect.

Colour- typical for a given fruit, natural looking
Taste- naturally sweet, apple
Consistency- rare, does not require dilution

Advantages:

  • the fruit used to produce the juice comes from ecological crops, at almost every stage the product has been subjected to rigorous controls by AGRO BIO TEST PL-EKO-07
  • juice perfectly quenches thirst
  • is efficient - it can be dissolved in spring water even in a ratio of 50:50
  • he liked my daughter very much, who drank it with a sprite
  • the only sugar (22g in the bottle, i.e. about 4 teaspoons) that is present in its composition comes from fruit
  • a small variety of ingredients reduces the risk of allergies (the juice also does not contain gluten or dairy components)
  • helps the child to defecate in case of constipation
  • contains a large dose of vitamin C (60mg in 200ml)
  • the label indicates the best-before date of the product from the moment the bottle is opened and the method of storage (the product can be given to the child up to three days after opening, and at this time it should be kept in the fridge)
  • aesthetically designed and legible label contains all information necessary for the consumer.

Disadvantages:

  • Price - adequate to the quality, considering the origin of the ingredients, but could not exceed PLN 3
  • availability - it's hard to find in discount stores and ordinary groceries, while in popular supermarkets there is no problem with that.

Grapes drink with fennel and chamomile, BoboVita (Nutricia), after 4 months, 175ml, price 2.59 PLN

Suggesting that it is not an apple at all, but White grapes are perfect for the first non-dairy baby drink, I just reached for this product. Fed with modified milk, my daughter still had problems with her hard tummy. She was relieved of having a bowel movement. Although it is very rare and not very intense, I diluted it with water and gave it to the child. The fennel used in it has a beneficial effect on digestion. Moms who breastfeed their baby can stimulate lactation by drinking an infusion of fennel. Chamomile, on the other hand, soothes the nerves, also has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Vitamin C added to the drink supports the absorption of iron from foods.