Common Myths and Misconceptions

“100% Fruit juice is acidic and can cause heart burn (acid reflux) if I drink it on an empty stomach” – Your stomach is naturally very acidic (around pH 2) so eating fruit or drink fruit juice won’t reduce the acidity any further. If you feel your stomach is sensitive, choose less acidic juices such as apple juice, or dilute juice with water – or buy a ‘low acid’ juice (Tropicana low acid)

“My dentist has told me that fruit juice is bad for my teeth” – The acid in 100% fruit juice and other soft drinks like carbonated drinks (even the diet varieties) can weaken the enamel that protects the tooth, which could cause problems if you drink a lot of fruit juice. Try to avoid brushing your teeth straight after a glass of fruit juice as it can damage the enamel even further. Dentists advise rinsing your mouth with a little water after eating or drinking acidic foods or drinks and to wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing

“Bananas are fattening” – Bananas contain slightly more calories than many other fruit (1 small banana contains 76kcals) but they are not high in calories and are certainly not fattening. Bananas make a great snack and are a rich in vitamin B6 and potassium ( which helps control blood pressure).