Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy.
That’s understandable, given that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it.
However… what many of us fail to realize is that fruit juice is also loaded with sugar.
In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink… and sometimes even more .
Unfortunately, food and beverage manufacturers aren’t always honest about what is in their products.
The fruit juice you find at the supermarket may not be what you think it is… even if it’s labelled as “100% pure” and “not from concentrate.” After being squeezed from the fruit, the juice is usually stored in massive oxygen-depleted holding tanks for up to a year before it is packaged.
The main problem with this method is that it tends to remove most of the flavour, so the manufacturers need to add flavour packs to the juice, to bring back the flavor that was lost during processing.
Example: Take a look at the breakdown for a (330ml) portion of Coca Cola and apple juice:
1)Coca Cola: 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons)2)
Apple juice: 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)
The bottom line is that you can say that we have been con by the marketing of brands in the supermarket. Fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fiber and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened.
Here is a list of 10 juices that contain more than 10.6g of sugar per 100ml. This is the level found in full-sugar Coca Cola.
Sainsbury’s 100% Pressed Red Grape Juice
16.3g per 100ml
Del Monte Mango & Papaya Juice Drink
14.1g per 100ml
Waitrose Essential Apple and Raspberry Juice Drink
13.9g per 100ml
Waitrose Pressed Apple & Mango Juice
12.6g per 100ml
Innocent smoothies: Smoothies count as two of five fruit and veg per day
Innocent Pure Fruit Smoothie Mangoes & Passion Fruits
12.2g per 100ml
Tymbark Multifruit Carrot Drink
11.5g per 100ml
Tesco Everyday Value Apple Juice
11.4g per 100ml
Aldi’s Del Rivo Apple Juice
11.33g per 100ml
Tesco Apple & Blackcurrant from concentrate
11.12g per 100ml
Tropical Juice Drink
10.9 per 100g
So you decide and hope you enjoyed the read.