What could be better for you than sitting down to a nice cold glass of fruit juice? I mean, after all, the word “fruit” is right there in the name. How could you go wrong?
Truth is, you might as well be drinking a can of soda with your breakfast. Ounce per ounce, fruit juice contains as much sugar and as many calories as a can of Coke. Maybe more.
Sure there might be some vitamin C and antioxidants in your juice, but that hardly makes up for all that sugar.
Let’s look at a comparison between apple juice and Coca Cola.
- Coke: 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons)
- Apple Juice: 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)
Even if you are careful to pick up the juice labeled “100% Pure” and “not from concentrate”, that doesn’t mean much. In a commercial process, once the juice is squeezed from the fruit it is usually stored in massive oxygen-depleting storage tanks for up to a year.
This has the unfortunate effect of removing most of the flavor from the product. To make it palatable again, manufacturers have to add “flavor packs” to their product.
What is a healthier alternative? Just eat the actual fresh fruit itself. It will taste better and be better for you.