Q. Is 100% juice healthy for me and my family?
Yes, fresh, frozen and canned fruit, as well as 100% juice, each count toward daily fruit servings and provide key nutrients to support a healthy lifestyle. In fact, leading health professionals and organizations agree that moderate consumption of 100% fruit juice can be part of a healthy diet and can help people meet their daily goals for fruit intake (one 4 oz. glass of 100% juice counts as one serving — or ½ cup — of fruit). 100% juice is a nutrient-dense beverage that provides vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant nutrients, like polyphenols. Additionally, 100% juice contains only naturally occurring fruit sugars (fructose and glucose) and no added sugars.
Q. How many calories are in a glass of Welch's 100% Grape Juice?
An 8 oz. serving of our 100% Grape Juice contains 140 calories, and counts as 2 servings (1 cup) of fruit. Click here for additional information on Welch’s 100% Grape Juice.
Q. How does Welch’s 100% juice fit into the new MyPlate recommendations?
MyPlate, created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is a visual to help people follow the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which emphasize that a healthy diet includes an array of colorful produce. MyPlate encourages Americans to make half their plate fruits and vegetables to help meet daily produce recommendations. As a complement to whole fruit, 100% fruit juice can help meet daily fruit needs. Just one 4 oz. glass of 100% juice counts as 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fruit. For further recommendations, visit choosemyplate.gov.
Q. What are the health benefits of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice?
Thanks to the Concord grape, Welch's 100% Grape Juice helps support a healthy heart. Each glass of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is made with whole Concord grapes — skins, seeds and all — to release natural plant nutrients (polyphenols) straight from the grape. Many of the polyphenols in Concord grapes are the same as those found in red wine. What’s more, as a complement to whole fruit, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is a convenient, delicious and nutritious way to incorporate more fruit into a heart-healthy diet. Every 4 oz. glass equals 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fruit with no added sugar.
Q. What are the health benefits of Welch’s 100% White Grape Juice?
Welch’s 100% White Grape Juice is simply that — 100% juice made with white grapes, like the Niagara grape, cultivated in North America by Welch’s network of family farmers. As a complement to whole fruit, Welch's 100% White Grape Juice is a delicious and refreshing way to squeeze more fruit into a healthy diet. A 4 oz. glass of Welch’s 100% White Grape Juice counts as one serving (½ cup) of fruit with no added sugar.
Q. I thought all fruits and veggies were important — why do I need to pay attention to purple?
All fruits and vegetables are important, and most Americans aren’t getting enough in their diets. It’s also important to get a variety of produce from a wide range of colors, because the vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can vary. In particular, people are falling short on getting enough purple produce, which accounts for only 3% of total fruit and vegetable intake. According to a national survey, drinking and eating purple and blue fruits and vegetables is associated with healthier eating patterns in children and adults, and overall better health in adults. For information on why purple is important, visit Power of Purple.
Q. Can you help me understand free radicals and antioxidants?
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that have one or more unpaired electrons. They are a normal part of everyday life, and are produced during activities like exercising or digestion (when our bodies convert food into energy). Free radicals are highly reactive, but our bodies have a natural defense system, so in small numbers, they are not a big problem. However, exposure to certain environmental factors like pollution and UV radiation can also trigger the formation of free radicals. An abundance of unchecked free radicals may, over time, impact overall health. Antioxidants are compounds in foods and beverages that can help scavenge free radicals, reducing their activity and supporting health. Vitamins C, E and A (as betacarotene), the mineral selenium, and certain plant nutrients (such as polyphenols) can act as antioxidants.
Q. Where can I learn more about the health benefits of Concord and Niagara grapes?
The research and scientific community has been studying benefits associated with nutritious foods and beverages for years, and for nearly two decades Welch’s has supported grape science research endeavors. For more information on the science behind the grape’s health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center at grapescience.com.
Q. What is Welch's Unfiltered 100% Juice?
Welch’s 100% Unfiltered is a line of 100% juices that contains nothing artificial and delivers fresh-picked fruit taste. With flavors like Concord Grape, Mango and Blackberry, Welch's Unfiltered is perfect for those looking for authentic flavor and variety with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. And, unlike most 100% fruit juices in the juice aisle, Welch's Unfiltered contains unfiltered juice, which gives the product body, aroma, and a fresh-picked fruit taste.
Q. What are the benefits of Welch's Unfiltered 100% Juice?
Like all 100% juices, Welch's Unfiltered contains no added sugar and each 4-oz. glass of Welch's Unfiltered delivers one serving (1/2 cup) of fruit. And, Welch’s Unfiltered contains no preservatives, and no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or ingredients.
Q. Welch's Unfiltered 100% Juice contains unfiltered juice. What does unfiltered mean?
Unfiltered is related to how the juice is made. By not filtering the juice, you get more real fruit goodness in every glass. Unfiltered juice contains more of the fruit to deliver more body, aroma and fresh-picked fruit taste.
Q. Do Welch's 100% juices have added sugar?
No, there's absolutely no sugar added to our 100% juice products. The grams of sugar you see on our labels actually refer to the naturally occurring fructose and glucose found in the fruit used to make our products. And, according to MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov), as a complement to whole fruit, 100% fruit juice can help families achieve daily recommendations for fruit servings.
Q. Do any of Welch’s products contain caffeine?
All Welch’s products are caffeine-free.
Q. Do you use monosodium glutamate (MSG) in any of your products?
No, you can be assured that no MSG is used in any of our products.
Q. What is pectin, and what is the fruit pectin in your products made from?
Pectin is a substance derived from fruit, which yields a gel. To help our products gel, we use pectin in our jellies, jams and spreads. The particular pectin we use is derived from apples or citrus peel.
Q. Do Welch's juice products contain preservatives?
Farmer's Pick by Welch's 100% Juice and both Welch’s ready-to-drink 100% Grape Juice and juice cocktails do not contain any preservatives. However, Welch's ready-to-drink 100% White Grape Juice and White Light Grape Juice Beverage do contain the preservative potassium metabisulfite, which is added to prevent browning and maintain color. Welch’s Sparkling Juice Cocktails also contain potassium metabisulfite, as well as the preservative sodium benzoate. Many of our frozen concentrates and shelf-stable concentrates contain sulfites to maintain flavor and color.
Q. Do Welch's juice products contain GMOs?
As a family-farmer owned cooperative, product quality and safety are top priorities.
We can assure you that Farmer's Pick 100% Juice, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice and 100% White Grape Juice contain no genetically engineered ingredients. All of the ingredients in these products, including the Concord and Niagara grapes grown by Welch’s family-farmer owners, have not been genetically engineered.
Other Welch’s products – for example, fruit juice cocktails and fruit spreads made with added sweeteners like sugar and corn sweeteners – may contain genetically engineered ingredients. This is because the U.S. supply of certain agricultural crops, like corn and other select ingredients, is often genetically engineered.
Please be assured that Welch’s ingredients and products are safe and meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. The FDA has determined that foods produced using genetic engineering are safe and essentially the same as traditionally grown foods. Additionally, health organizations and the scientific community, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have also concluded that foods produced using genetic engineering are safe.
Q. Do Welch's jellies, jams and fruit spreads contain preservatives?
Most of our jellies, jams and fruit spreads do not contain preservatives. As long as the containers are refrigerated after opening, they should maintain their freshness for several months. Due to lower sugar levels, our reduced sugar jelly and spread do use a preservative to maintain freshness after the product is opened.
Q. What type of gelatin is used in Welch’s Fruit Snacks?
Based on availability, the gelatin used in Welch’s Fruit Snacks may be pork or beef based.
Q. Do Welch's products contain allergens?
Please refer to the allergen and intolerance section of our website for allergen information.
Q. What’s the difference between 100% Juice, Juice Cocktails and Juice Drinks?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines these terms, and the definitions can be lengthy. However, as a general rule, “100% juice” is either squeezed directly from the fruit or made from concentrated juice that is reconstituted with water. 100% juices don’t contain any added sugar. “Juice Cocktails” and “Juice Drinks” are formulated with less than 100% juice and, in most cases, contain added sweeteners as well. Note: You can find the juice content of all Welch’s Juice Beverages above the Nutrition Facts panel of the product label, shown as a percentage.
Q. What’s the difference between jelly, jam, preserves and spreads?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines these terms, and the definitions can be lengthy. However, as a general rule, jelly is made from fruit juice; jam is made from puréed fruit; Preserves are made from whole fruit; spreads can be made from juice and whole or puréed fruit.
Q. What does "from concentrate" mean as noted on the label?
“From concentrate” means that the juice from the fruit is concentrated, a process that removes the water. Later, during manufacturing, water is added back to the juice concentrate.
Q. Are Welch's juices and juice drinks pasteurized?
Yes, all Welch's juices and juice drinks are pasteurized. Welch’s was actually the first company to pasteurize juice, and we've been making 100% grape juice with our own growers’ Concord and Niagara grapes since 1869.
Q. Are Welch’s products safe?
Yes! At Welch’s, we take great pride in the safety of our products and go to great lengths to ensure that we adhere to the strict quality standards and requirements established by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regularly monitors products to ensure their safety and compliance. Welch’s products meet all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for safety, product development, testing, production and labeling. Welch’s family farmer owners have a tremendous amount of passion for what we do, which means the highest-quality products for your family. Welch’s has always taken our responsibility to consumers seriously and is committed to providing safe and nutritious fruit-based products.
Q. How much arsenic and lead are in Welch’s juice?
Elements and minerals, such as arsenic and lead, are present in soil, air, water and agricultural products like juice, fresh fruits and vegetables. The FDA uses scientific data to establish levels of arsenic and lead that are safe for consumption of fruit juice. Welch’s products fall well below FDA limits for arsenic and lead.
Q. Do you test for arsenic and lead?
Yes, Welch’s tests our ingredients to ensure that they meet all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for safety, product development, testing, production and labeling.
Q. Why don’t you just lower the levels of arsenic and lead in your products?
Arsenic and lead occur in the environment in which we live. It is found in the earth, soil and water all over the world, and levels can vary across different regions. We look to the scientists and toxicologists at the FDA to make science-based decisions about food safety that are in the best interest of public health. At Welch’s, we ensure that our products fall well below the FDA regulations and guidelines for lead and arsenic by testing ingredients for safety.
Q. Do Welch’s No. 7 plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
No. It is important for consumers to understand that not all No. 7 plastics contain Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A is not used in any of Welch’s plastic bottles.
Q. I see sediment floating in my Farmer's Pick by Welch's 100% Juice. Is that normal?
Yes, Farmer's Pick is made with unfiltered juice, which means it contains more of the fruit. This provides the juice with more body and aroma, so what you're seeing is real fruit in your juice!