If you’re looking to maximize your nutrition and avoid empty calories, choose fruit over fruit juice. While the term “100% real fruit juice” sounds healthy, it is not much better than drinking a 12 ounce Coke.
A 12 ounce can of Coke contains 40 grams of sugar. 12 ounces of processed orange juice contains 39 grams, while 12 ounces of grape juice contains a whopping 60 grams of sugar.
In addition, fruit juice is really just fruit with most of the good nutrition removed. Fruit juice contains very little skin or pulp, which are the nutritionally dense parts of the fruit. Juice also lacks the fiber content of fruit. In fact, most ‘100% real fruit juice” products are fortified with vitamin C to make them look more nutritious than they really are.
Choose fruit over processed fruit juice. It’s a far better choice.
Are you a fruit juice drinker? If so, do you plan on switching over to real fruit?