Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Do NOT Drink that Juice

Mostly I drink water. I think that is best for my health. Thousands of people thing drinking fruit juice is good for their health. I don't agree and David Zinczenko doesn't either. Most Fruit Juice Drinks have too little fruit and way too much sugar. Here is an piece he did for MENS HEALTH. 
Welch’s Mountain Berry (8 fl oz)
140 calories
0 g fat
33 g sugars
The flowering bouquet of fruit on the outside of this carton makes it appear to be just one step down from a smoothie, but in truth, it’s just one step up from Sunny Delight. Regardless of what Welch’s wants you to think, this juice is made with only 25 percent real fruit, and with this many calories in each cup, you should expect nothing less than 100 percent. Go with Bolthouse Farms 50/50 Berry blend and you’ll trade out the sucrose for an antioxidant- and flavor-rich blend of purple carrots, blackberries, pomegranates, and blueberries.
Drink This, Instead!
Bolthouse Farms 50/50 Berry (8 fl oz)
120 calories
0 g fat
28 g sugars
Minute Maid Lemonade (20 fl oz bottle)
250 calories
0 g fat
67.5 g sugars
In 99 percent cases, lemonade contains between 10 and 15 percent lemon juice, meaning that 85 to 90 percent of the calories are added as table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The reason we pinned Minute Maid as the worst lemonade is that with this bottle, they’ve dropped the lemon juice concentration down to 3 percent, and at the same time, jacked the sugar level up to soda-like proportions. In fact, this bottle has more sugar than a same-sized bottle of Coca-Cola, not to mention a bevy of preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors. The only lemonade we’ve found that can legitimately call itself “juice” is the one below by R.W. Knudson. It replaces the added sugars with a blend of apple and grape juices.
Drink This, Instead!
R.W. Knudsen Lemonade (8 fl oz box)
130 calories
0 g fat
30 g sugars
SoBe Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit (20 fl oz bottle)
250 calories
0 g fat
63 g sugars
With a name that references two fruits, you might expect this bottle to provide a respectable dose of real juice. Unfortunately that’s not the case. The only juice this bottle carries is used as a coloring agent, which means every gram of sugar here is added during processing. That puts it right alongside soda as one of the worst beverages at the supermarket. Cut calories by looking for water-based beverages that use juice as a sweetener and flavoring, like the one from Olade below. The few calories it has come from a blend of lemon, pinapple, mango, and passion fruit.
Drink This Instead!
Olade Tropical Juice Beverage (16 fl oz)
20 calories
0 g fat
4 g sugars
Tropicana Grape Juice Beverage (15.2 fl oz)
290 calories
0 g fat
72 g sugars
It’s hard to say which is worse, the fact that this bottle has as much sugar as six scoops of Edy’s Slow Churned Rocky Road Ice Cream, or the fact that it looks legit but contains only 30 percent real juice. The thing is, even if this bottle weren’t teeming with high fructose corn syrup, it would still be loaded with sugar. Grapes produce the most sugar-loaded juice at the supermarket—even a 10-ounce bottle of 100 percent grape juice carries more than 200 calories. If you like rich, dark juices, try the one below from Bossa Nova. The acai fruit from which it’s made is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits on the planet.
Drink This, Instead!
Bossa Nova Acai (10 fl oz bottle)
114 calories
0 g fat
22.5 g sugars
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can)
360 calories
0 g fat
84 g sugars
These hulking calorie cannons—5 percent juice, 95 percent sugar water—have the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar! (That makes the 1,800-calorie salad look downright nutritious.) They’re sold at gas stations and convenience stores across America for the low, low price of 99 cents, making this quite possibly the cheapest source of empty calories in the country. Earn more flavor in fewer calories by switching to V8-Fusion instead. The company makes a reasonable line of regular blends and an even better line of light juices.
Drink This, Instead!
V8-Fusion Strawberry Banana (12 fl oz bottle)
170 calories
0 g fat
42 g sugars
Eat This, Not That, Dave Zinczenko, Men’s Health

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