How Much Sugar in Shop Bought Fruit Juices?
How Much Sugar Is In Your Commercially Produced Fruit Juice?
Do you start your day with a glass of shop bought orange juice?
You are undoubtedly not alone. Thousands of people all over the world are drinking hundreds of calories of this so called “healthy” fruit juice every day. Even if the label tells you that the juice contains ‘100% fruit juice’, please don’t believe that this drink should be an integral part of your diet.
Commercially produced fruit juice is probably more calorific than you are aware. Most 200 – 250 ml glasses or bottles contain at least a couple of hundred calories mainly due to the added sugars. Consume a couple or more of these drinks a day and you’ve added a few hundred unnecessary calories into your body. If you stop to add up these “healthy” calories, it may be that it is these that are encouraging your unexplained weight gain.
The most common nutrient found in fruit juice is vitamin C. The problem here though, is that vitamin C (and other vitamins), are very easily destroyed when fruit is commercially processed into its liquid form. Juices are also pasteurised and heat treated to kill dangerous bacteria or pathogens, which again further destroys the healthy vitamins that you think you are consuming when drinking bought juices.
The only other significant nutrient found in commercially produced fruit juice is sugar – so why not enjoy a fresh juicy orange or better still, juice that orange yourself. An orange contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs.
And with so called ‘light juices’ these are diluted with water and the sugar is often replaced with artificial sweeteners such as Splenda. Some of these ‘light’ juices also have added acesulfame potassium, which is a poorly tested sweetener and its safety is uncertain.
Although commercially produced fruit juices seem to, generally speaking, have a healthy nutritious reputation, they actually only bear a vague resemblance to the whole fruit they were originally juiced from. Their high sugar concentration unfortunately means they may well have weight gaining potential.
Fruit juices generally have a good and healthy reputation with many viewing them as an equivalent exchange, nutrient wise, for the real thing – whole fruits themselves. This is not quite the case however, for a variety of reasons. Commercially prepared fruit juice actually bears only a vaguely similar relationship to the whole fruit it was originally made from. One of the reasons for this relates to the fact that many of the nutritious elements in the fruit are removed and get left behind during the whole juicing process. Also, juicing makes the fruit sugar more accessible to the body. It is important to be made aware of this as the sugar concentration found in fruit juices is essentially then the same as that of sugar laden soft drinks.
Fruit juices can’t be put in the same category as soft drinks mind, as they do at least offer some essential nutrients. Now , for the bad news – their high sugar nature means that they might have weight gaining potential and may possibly encourage other health problems.
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is often referred to as a healthier form of sugar than sucrose (found in food). Some of this so called ‘healthy’ reputation has been based on the fact that fructose is the primary type of sugar found in fruit. Another reason in favour of fruit sugar is that it doesn’t actually cause our blood sugar levels to rise as rapidly and then quickly fall afterwards, as sucrose does.