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What You Should Know When You’re Juicing for Health: Is Fruit Juice Bad For You?

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The question, “Is fruit juice bad for you?” is one we get asked a lot. But before we answer this question, we want to first clarify an important difference between store-bought fruit juice and pure, freshly squeezed or blended fruit juice. We’ll only be talking about store-bought fruit juice in this article. Find out whether pure, fresh fruit juice is good or bad for you.

For a long time, we’ve grown accustomed to thinking of fruit juice as the “healthy” option. That’s how marketers present store-bought fruit juice, after all – with pictures of rosy farmers growing brightly-colored fruit, happy and healthy children sipping on juice boxes, and slogans and logos that refer to the “naturalness” of fruit juice.

Still, as most of us know by now, just because a fruit juice was made from ingredients that “grows on trees” doesn’t necessarily make it healthy. Several articles have already pointed out the health fallacies of drinking store-bought fruit juice.

“It’s pretty much the same as sugar water,” said Dr. Charles Billington, an appetite researcher at the University of Minnesota. In the modern diet, “there’s no need for any juice at all.”

A glass of juice concentrates all the sugar from several pieces of fruit. Ounce per ounce, it contains more calories than soda, though it tends to be consumed in smaller servings. A cup of orange juice has 112 calories, apple juice has 114, and grape juice packs 152, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The same amount of Coke has 97 calories, and Pepsi has 100.

But still – fruit juice has nutritional benefits that make up for its calorie count, right?

Well, not really. At least not in the case of store-bought fruit juice. The vitamin C that we naturally associate with oranges is totally lost in the processing of orange juice and is only re-added right before packaging. And the fiber? Well, it does exist abundantly in actual fruit, but is pretty much all gone from the processed juice.

So, the answer to the question, “Is store-bought fruit juice bad for you?” would be a resounding “Yes!”

For a visual display on the actual health risks of fruit juice, check the chart below!

fruit juice facts

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Trying to Cut Down on the Sugar? Here are the Best Low Sugar, High Nutrition Fruits to Juice | Just Juice - February 5, 2014

[…] you ever wondered what the fructose content is in your daily juices? If you’re juicing mainly fruit, you’d be shocked to find out the amount of sugar you are actually consuming […]

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