Juice Drinks: The Hidden Ingredient at the Bottom of the Straw

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(WHNT) - We all loved juice drinks growing up as kids.  It’s no wonder we enjoy the look on our children’s faces when they grab them from the fridge or pantry, unwrap the straw and poke the little hole.  It’s the easiest and quickest way to satisfy one's thirst.

Juice drinks and pouches have been around for decades. They certainly have made life easier on parents, not to mention the little piece of mind knowing that many brands available on store shelves are preservative free.

A good thing-- or so we think:

Parents and kids are discovering a little nasty secret inside their juice drinks.  Unfortunately, the discovery comes at an unappetizing price.  These tasty little thirst quenchers aren't as durable as you think.  And if the boxes or pouches suffer the tiniest hole or tear, air can start to creep inside the drink.

WHNT News 19 is Taking Action Monday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. with a special report on Juice Drinks.  We talk to experts and test out juice drinks.  What every parent show know before giving these to their kids and why one pediatrician says she stopped giving them to her children.