The Unhealthiest Juices

Original Image by FoodBev Photos via Flickr
Original Image by FoodBev Photos via Flickr

By: Nikki Nies

I hate to admit it, but I used to be a soda junkie.  It was so bad, that it was just easier to drink out of the liter of soda, however, with an array of cavities consuming my mouth and with increased knowledge of sugar addiction, I knew I had to stop.

I only drink water, tea and coffee now.  I never thought I’d be saying that now, but I’m happy I was able to get off my sugar addiction.

I’m a regular subscriber to Men’s Health Eat This, Not That guide.  I know a lot of people drink sugary drinks, such as soda and juice.  Men’s Health just shared their “Unhealthiest Juices in America.”

After looking through the list, I’m not surprised by the drinks that made the list.  I liked that Eat This, Not That not only breaks down what are unhealthy products, but the whole concept is to provide alternatives.

1.  Worst Grape Juice: Tropicana Grape Juice Beverage (15.2 fl oz); 290 calories, 0 g fat, 72 g sugars

2. Worst Juice Imposter: SoBe Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit (20 fl oz bottle); 250 calories, 0 g fat, 65 g sugars

3. Worst Lemonade: Minute Maid Lemonade (20 fl oz bottle); 250 calories, 0 g fat, 67.5 g sugar

4. Worst Mixed-Berry Blend: Welch’s Mountain Berry (8 fl oz); 140 calories, 0 g fat, 33 g sugars

5 .Worst Cranberry Cocktail: Ocean Spray Cran-Apple (8 fl oz); 130 calories, 0 g fat, 32 g sugar

6. Worst Canned Juice: Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can); 360 calories, 0 g fat, 84 g sugars

Notice the size of each fruit juice?  With variations in sizes, it’s easy to see how you can down several bottles of juice without thinking about it since the size doesn’t represent the amount of sugar and additives in the juice.

I’m not saying you have to cut out juice altogether, but when possible choose fresh fruit as you won’t be consuming additional sugar and if you’re going to drink fruit juices, limit to special occasions or opt for the suggested alternatives.  Your body will thank you for it.


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