My youngest is having quite a time with constipation. I’m not sure why; she has plenty of wet diapers and seems to get enough fiber. Anyway, I used one of our WIC vouchers to buy her some apple juice, hoping this would help with it. It was actually a voucher for either myself (as a breastfeeding mom) or my 3 year old, because 11 month olds are not given juice on WIC anymore (in case you were wondering how WIC gave me juice for a baby).
Later, when I got home, I noticed something new about the apple juice: Walmart brand (Great Value) apple juice now has 3 grams fiber added to it per serving. It already had vitamin C added as well.
Fiber is something most Americans do not get enough of. Lack of fiber in juice is also one of the reasons that juice isn’t nearly as good of a choice as a fruit serving when given a choice between juice or an actual piece of fruit. WIC is supposed to only approve 100% juice, but I had no trouble checking out with this juice that had fiber added.
The bottle looked the same, except after I got home I noticed the small print that said “with vitamin C and fiber.” Vitamin C is added to lots of WIC approved juices, and it doesn’t change it being considered 100% juice, so I’m guessing adding the fiber doesn’t change it either.
This is just one more reason when given a choice between the store brand apple juice or Nestle’s Juicy Juice to choose the store brand.