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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.

 

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