Kids love juice boxes. Daddy Brad and Daddy Clay put your child's favorite beverage through the gauntlet. At what ages should children drink fruit juice? What are the dads’ top 5 least favorite things about these beverages? Watch as they conduct a taste test.
Brad: Hello, I’m Daddy Brad. Clay: And I’m Daddy Clay. Brad: And welcome to the Dad Labs. Today were going to perform a really sophisticated taste test on juice boxes. Clay: Now a disclaimer before we get started here. Now while juice boxes may look really innocent, they’re actually sort of controversial. Because while kids love just boxes, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not. Brad: The AAP says for kids under 6 months of age, no juice boxes, kids 6 years and younger, 4-6 ounces a day, and older kids only 8-12 ounces a day. Clay: Which means that almost none of the juice boxes that you see in front of you should be given to a child under 6 because the standard size is 6.75 fluid ounces putting it over the limit? Of course I was really good about that with my own kids. Brad: You know there are some good reasons to take it easy on the juice. They’re full of calories and that can contribute to visiting cavities. Clay: Yeah, they’re also filling. so they might ruin the child’s appetite and they might displace the 12-24 ounces of milk or dairy products that the kid is supposed to be taking in everyday. Brad: Now, doctors aren’t the only ones that are down on juice. Here are the five least favorite thing from the Dad Labs about juice boxes. Clay: Number one, the hammer. First the kid, grabs the juice box, rips the straw in a cellophane wrapper off the back and begins to pound it against whatever hard surface here she could find reducing the straw to well, bad. Brad: Number two, the sleeve. Say the kid actually gets the straw out of the sleeve, well you got the sleeves left over, and they’re everywhere. I bet there’s a sleeve on every main floor in America. Clay: Next stop, the through and through. Now this ones you need that juice box, like this. Now, unless you are a thoracic surgeon, I would say that you’ve got about 50% chance when you’re getting ready to put the straw and do this. A lot of times it would come right of the back and it’s a total mess. Brad: Number four, when I did the hammer, it’s called the orphan. Straws off, the hammer happens, you’re left with this, an orphan. Now mom’s solution of this is go and grab another straw from another juice box and you’ve got a bunch of orphan boxes with no straws on the bottom of the refrigerator. Clay: Number five, my personal favorite, the dancing fountains of Bellagio. So say you don’t follow those AAP regulations very closely, you hand a full juice box to a toddler, what’s the first thing they going to do? They going to squeeze that baby. Result, Niagara Falls. Brad: You know but there are reasons why juice boxes are everywhere. They’re convenient, they pack well and kids love them. Clay: That’s true. So let’s get to the main event which is the tasting. Couple of other recommendations before we begin. Make sure that you always choose a 100% juice, anything that’s not a 100% juice you should treat pretty much like a candy. Make sure it’s a pasteurize product. And so, as we mentioned before, it’s just 6.75 fluid ounces, so a little bit of that dancing fountain of Bellagio and it’s okay to give to a kid under six. Brad: Let’s get tasting. Clay: Okay, we’re going to start with the basics. We’ve got the 100% apple juice from Tree Top here. Um, applely. Brad: It’s got good legs. Clay: A little stemy, a little earthy. A little vegetable milk. Brad: It tastes like apples. Next one is Minute Maid Kids, pulp free, 100% orange juice. Squeeze. Clay: It’s very citrusy. It tastes like, you know, orange juice. Brad: Rich, some subtle undertones. Clay: I think I’m picking up some Vitamin D, maybe it’s the E. Brad: B1. I think I got to have B1. Clay: Okay, now, we’re going to get a little fancy and we’ve got the Hansen’s 100% multi-vitamins juice blast tropical fruit punch blend. Now that, that’s got some banana working in it for me, I don’t know about pineapple. Brad: It’s aggressive, nice finish. Reminds me of an island. Clay: It’s a very fruit forward little sweet. Brad: Very forward. Next we have the Capri Sun, all natural fruit waves, 100% juice berry breeze. Clay: I'm starting to feel a little bit. Running around, tearing up the furniture. Brad: Whoa! That kind of starts slow but then there’s a kick. Clay: Much more of a kind of a strawberry feel. I should probably check my blood sugar, it’s still hard to breathe right now. Brad: Okay, we’ve tasted all this juices and we’re ready to award the Dad Labs seal of approval. Clay: I’ve to say that my favorite was the blend of flavors that came through in the Hansen’s natural tropical fruit punch. I’m nuts. I thought there was a good tropical blend and it was tasty, I could drink that. Brad: You know, while that is a good choice. I like the more conservative standard Tree Top Apple Juice. Clay: Alright, so we’ve got one seal for Hansen’s, one seal for Tree Top. Alright, Daddy Brad, would you mind making me a little room here. Brad: Sure. Clay: You know, I always thought of myself as a being sort of a creative dad. I’d like to do just what people tell me, so I like to mix and match a little bit. I’ve got a little bit of this tropical fruit punch, little bit of that orange juice. I’m going to put about 2 ounces of each into a glass like that and then when I’m done with that. I’m got to get a little bit of this daddy juice also known as white rum. I want to put that on top of this and then I’m going to mix it up with my handy screwdriver here. I call this one a thumbsucker. Cheers. Brad: Tasty. Clay: Not bad. Brad: Well, that’s all from the Dad Labs. Cheers.