Pick Healthy Fruit Juice

There are two main factors I urge readers to be aware of when buying fruit juice: the percentage of actual fruit juice and the presence of added sugars. The main thing to be aware of is ‘juice cocktails’, which are mixtures of various fruit juices, added sugars and water. In particular, be wary of cranberry and grape juice mixtures. Some of these contain up to 50 percent more sugar than soda per ounce. Of course, added water isn’t a bad thing, but it’s simply more economical to buy a 100 percent juice and dilute it with water yourself. You’ll get the same amount of vitamins and antioxidants and less than half the sugar.

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When shopping for a healthy fruit juice, look at the ingredients list and avoid bottles with any syrups, sucrose, dextrose, fructose or cane sugars. The other option is to skip the juice and go for the actual fruit. Regardless of enticing labels and advertisements, unless you’re blending the fruit yourself and not straining the juice at all, juices contain next to no fiber. Even though the word fruit precedes the word juice on the bottle, be aware of the ingredients you’re purchasing.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is a second year resident in Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health and awareness with her passion for health, fitness and beauty. In her spare time, enjoys fashion, kayaking on West Meadow Beach, and creating westernized-Asian recipes.