Staying active and eating a well-balanced diet are essential to good health. Welch’s 100% juice and grape-based products deliver the goodness of Concord and Niagara grapes to fuel a healthy, vibrant lifestyle. Within this section you’ll find resources for you and your clients to help you discover and enjoy the power of Concord and Niagara grapes in a healthy diet.
Learn more about Welch’s products and the Power of Concord and Niagara grapes within a healthy, active lifestyle. The following fact sheets may be downloaded and printed for use with your clients:
Welch's Product Fact Sheets
- Welch's 100% Grape Juice Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's 100% Grape Juice with Calcium Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's 100% Grape Juice with Fiber Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's 100% White Grape Juice Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's Healthy Start Juice Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's Light Juice Beverage Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Welch's Reduced Sugar Jelly and Spread Fact Sheet (PDF)
Power of the Grape Resources
Taste the Harvest
At the "heart" of Welch's annual harvest season is the deliciously healthy Concord grape. The harvest season for Concord grapes is fairly short – just a few short weeks in the fall. And Welch’s family-farmer owners work tirelessly during this time – and throughout the year – to bring the real goodness of their grapes to families across the country.
For more information on Welch’s harvest and our North American grown Concord grapes, a fact sheet for you to print and distribute to your patients and clients can be found here.
American Heart Month
Building a heart-healthy diet starts at the grocery store… but just how “heart smart” are people’s shopping carts? A Welch’s survey found that there is a significant gap between Americans’ awareness of the heart-health benefits of common foods and their purchase habits. And while there are many reasons why shoppers don’t necessarily do what they know is best -- such as thinking that heart-healthy foods won’t taste good or that it’s simply too difficult, time-consuming or costly to cook with heart -- we know that eating heart-healthy can be easy, convenient and delicious.
Registered dietitians can play an important role in helping families find more heart-healthy foods at the grocery store. Check out Welch's American Heart Month page for yourself and your clients. There you can find consumer-friendly resources and useful materials such as shopping lists, educational videos, and recipes.
In partnership with Produce for Better Health Foundation, Welch’s has developed an in-school nutrition education program known as P.A.C.K. (Pack Assorted Colors for Kids). This national healthy-eating initiative encourages kids at the elementary school level to eat more fruits and vegetables while at school. Since the program was launched in 2007, over a million elementary school children have been reached with the message that fruits and vegetables are important for health.
For more information on the P.A.C.K. program, as well as downloadable and reproducible education materials – click here
Grape Juice 411 for Health Professionals
The following materials are for health professionals and review the health and nutrition benefits of grape juice and the Concord grape:
- Welch’s 100% Grape Juice Fact Sheet – For Health Professionals (PDF)
- Welch’s 100% White Grape Juice Fact Sheet – For Health Professionals (PDF)
- Power of the Concord Grape Fact Sheet - For Health Professionals (PDF)
- Chemistry of Grapes - For Health Professionals (PDF)
- Antioxidant Fact Sheet - For Health Professionals (PDF)
The following resources may be useful to you and your clients:
Here are some commonly asked questions along with answers from Welch’s Health & Nutrition Expert Casey Lewis, MS, RD.
Q. Are Welch’s products safe?
A. Yes! At Welch’s, we take great pride in the safety of our products and go to great lengths to ensure 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 is in Welch’s juice?
A. Elements and minerals, such as arsenic and lead, are present in the 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?
A. Yes, Welch’s tests our ingredients to ensure 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?
A. 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 the 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 you use monosodium glutamate (MSG) in any of your products?
A. 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?
A. 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. The American Heart Association (AHA) verbiage on the Welch's 100% Grape Juice label states "for healthy people over age 2.” Why is that?
A. The AHA has created its Food Certification Program to help consumers identify heart-healthy foods. Welch's 100% Grape Juice products displaying the heart-check mark are certified by the AHA, and they have no saturated fat or cholesterol. The AHA states “The Food Certification Program is designed for healthy people over the age of 2. If you have a medical condition, please contact your physician or registered dietitian before making changes in your diet.” Children need fat in their diet to help fuel proper growth and development. Starting at the age of 2, children’s diets, like adults’, should be moderate in total fat.
Q. I have diabetes and have noticed that Welch's 100% Grape Juice contains more than 30 grams of sugar per 8-oz serving. Can I drink it?
A. The sugars in Welch's 100% Grape Juice are natural fruit sugars, fructose and glucose. Like all 100% juices, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice contains no added sugar or sweeteners. If you have diabetes, always be sure to check with your doctor or dietitian for advice on food choices that are right for you and assistance with your individual meal planning.
Q. How many calories are in a glass of Welch's 100% Grape Juice?
A. An 8-oz serving of our 100% Grape Juice contains 140 calories, and counts as 2 servings (1 cup) of fruit. Click Here for Nutrition Fact Panel information.
Q. What type of gelatin is used in Welch’s Fruit Snacks?
A. Based on availability, the gelatin used in Welch’s Fruit Snacks may be pork or beef based.
Q. What is the amount of potassium in Welch's 100% Grape Juices?
A. The amount of potassium varies in our 100% juices. Welch's 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes can contain 210 mg of potassium per 8-oz serving. Please see the nutrition facts on the product label for information on the amount of potassium in your favorite Welch’s 100% Grape Juice.
Q. Are Welch's juices and juice drinks pasteurized?
A. Yes, all Welch's juices and juice drinks are pasteurized. Welch’s was actually the first company to pasteurize juice and has been making 100% grape juice with our own growers’ Concord and Niagara grapes since 1869.
Q. Do Welch's products contain gluten?
A. While most of Welch’s products are gluten-free, Welch’s Filled Licorice, available in Strawberry and Grape flavors, contains wheat as an ingredient.
Q. Do Welch's 100% juices have added sugar?
A. 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), 100% fruit juice can help families achieve daily recommendations for fruit servings.
Q. How does Welch’s 100% juice fit into the new MyPlate recommendations?
A. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently released a new food icon, MyPlate, to replace MyPyramid. This icon 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 and specifically notes that we should all make half our plate fruits and vegetables. 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. Do Welch's juice products contain preservatives?
A. 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 does contain the preservative potassium metabisulfite, which is added to prevent browning and maintain color. Welch’s 100% Sparkling Juices and 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 jellies, jams and fruit spreads contain preservatives?
A. 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 & spread do use a preservative to maintain freshness after the product is opened.
Q. Are Welch’s products produced in a nut-free environment?
A. Welch’s 100% juices, juice beverages, jams, jellies and fruit snacks are produced in a nut-free environment. Welch's Dried Fruit is manufactured in a plant that also makes products that contain nuts and peanuts. Welch’s Dried Fruit is manufactured on separate equipment than the products that contain nuts. We recommend discussing this information with your physician to ensure that Welch’s Dried Fruit is right for you.
Q. What does "from concentrate” mean as noted on the label?
A. All juice manufacturers are required to state "from concentrate" on their front label if their product contains any juice from concentrate.
Q. What’s the difference between jelly, jam, preserves and spreads?
A. 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 pureed fruit; Preserves are made from whole fruit; Spreads are made from whole fruit and/or pureed fruit.
Q. What’s the difference among 100% Juice, Juice Cocktails, and Juice Drinks?
A. 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. Welch’s 100% Juices never contain any added sweeteners. “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. Do Welch’s No. 7 plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
A. 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 have heard the term French Paradox, but I’m not clear on what it means. Can you help?
A. The French Paradox describes the unexpectedly low incidence of heart disease among the French despite their typically high-fat diets. A suggested reason is the consumption of red wine.
Q. What are the health benefits of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice?
A. Thanks to the Concord grape, Welch's 100% Grape Juice helps support a healthy heart. To add to that, Welch's 100% Grape Juice is certified by the American Heart Association (AHA) and carries the AHA's heart-check mark. What's more, it contains the antioxidant vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system. Because each glass of Welch's 100% Grape Juice is made with whole Concord grapes—skin, seeds, and all—Welch's makes it easy to squeeze more purple fruit into a healthy, daily diet. Every 4-oz. glass of delicious juice serves up 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fruit.
Q. I thought all fruits and veggies were important - why do I need to pay attention to purple?
A. 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 since the vitamin, minerals and plant nutrients found in each fruit and vegetable can vary widely. In particular people are falling short on getting enough purple fruits and vegetables, 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 the Concord Grape.
Q. Do any of Welch’s products contain caffeine?
A. All Welch’s products are caffeine-free.
Q. Can you help me explain free radicals and antioxidants?
A. 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 beta-carotene), and the mineral selenium, as well as 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?
A. The research and scientific community has been studying benefits associated with nutritious foods and beverages for years, and for over a decade Welch’s has supported grape science research endeavors. To learn more about the latest research on grape health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center at grapescience.com.