I'm betting you've heard soda is not the healthiest drink you can have. The average can of soda has 10 tsps of sugar. As more people become conscious of their health and what constitutes a healthy drink many folks are turning to fruit drinks and fruit juice. But is this really a healthier choice?
Of course it depends on the frequency of consumption and whether you dilute your juice with water. (I always do.) I say this because, many of the fruit juices on the market consist of vast amounts of fructose, also known as sugar. Often times we fail to add this sugar consumption into our daily calorie totals.
Many health experts agree that 25 grams of fructose per day should be the maximum. (One eight-ounce glass of orange juice has 25 grams of fructose, more than enough for the whole day.) If you are eating fresh fruit a max of 15 grams of fructose a day is recommended, but… it you're overweight, have diabetes, heart disease or cancer, cut that down to 10 grams max of fructose per day.
Eating fresh fruit rather than drinking fruit juice is considerably better if you are trying to loose weight. Whole fruit is about 100 times more filling and the fiber helps elimination. But we've got to cut our daily sugar intake to be healthy.
Cutting back on fructose is not easy. For some people it can be impossible. This is understandable, studies prove sugar is just as addicting as cocaine.
Some fruit drink packages are covered with images of real fruit, even though these drinks may contain no more than 5 percent real fruit juice. The actual ingredients are water and high-fructose corn syrup, or in some cases "real sugar," such as cane sugar. Examples include: Kool-Aid Jammers, Hawaiian Punch, Capri Sun Orange, and Capri Sun Sunrise (which Capri Sun markets as a breakfast drink). Many of these are marketed towards children.
Conclusion: Fruit Juice Is Not A Healthy Choice
Parents have got to get on board with healthy options for their children. Many parents don't realize that ounce-for-ounce, fruit drinks have the same number of calories and added sugar as soda.
Many people mistakenly believe that as long as you are drinking fruit juice, it's healthy, but this is a dangerous misconception that is fueling the rising rates of weight gain, obesity, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. In fact, oftentimes fruit drinks are actually worse for your health than soda.
This is not to say that 100% freshly squeezed fruit juices aren't healthy. The real issue here, whether we're talking about fruit juice, fruit drinks, soda or any other sugary beverage, IS the sugar or the fructose!
What's the answer? Drink Water or Tea!!
Either way, it's better than sodas and fruit juice.