Many people are under the misconception that fruit juice drinks are a healthier choice than soda, because fruit is good for you, right? But as this feature on Menshealth.com points out, even fruit juice that’s not a blend isn’t as nutritious as the fruit it comes from and can have plenty of sugar.
And some of the most popular fruit juice blends or drinks can be really bad for you. The Men’s Health piece names 10 of some of the worst offenders; highlights (or low-lights) include:
- Ocean Spray Cran-Apple — First two listed ingredients are water and sugar (never a good sign) and just 8 ounces contains 32 grams of sugar!
- Welch’s Mountain Berry — Despite the abundance of fruit pictured on the label, this blend is made with only 25 percent real fruit and 8 ounces contains 33 grams of sugar.
- Minute Maid Lemonade — There isn’t much lemon in this lemonade, weighing in with only 3 percent real lemon juice. A 20 ounce bottle contains a whopping 67.5 grams of sugar — more than a same-sized bottle of Coca-Cola — and is filled with a host of preservatives, fillers and artificial colors.
- SoBe Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit — Not really a juice at all, the only actual juice in this concoction is used as a coloring agent. So just like soda this is basically just sugar water and with a whole lot of sugar at that — 65 grams in a 20 ounce bottle.
- Tropicana Grape Juice Beverage — If being loaded with high-fructose corn syrup isn’t bad enough, this “juice beverage” has more sugar in a 15.2 ounce bottle than six scoops of Edy’s Rocky Road ice cream (72 grams)!
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You can view the entire MensHealth.com slideshow featuring the 10 worst fruit-drink brands here.