100 Health facts and tips (#14 of 100)
#14. Your fruit juice may be more something other than fruit juice.
How much fruit juice do you drink in your household? Are you drinking 100% or 10% fruit juice? Don’t be fooled pulling something off the shelf at the grocery store in a rush thinking it is something that it’s not. At a glance you read “from concentrate” or “100% Vitamin C.” Those are good things right? Sure they are but, you must read more.
Read labels closely so that you don’t mistake what the 100% applies to.
If you are intentionally purchasing juice for the real juice content, please read your labels. When a drink states it has 10% of fruit juice, it means the other 90% is something else. That something else is usually water, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup. If you are trying to monitor your sugar intake, BEWARE.
The bottom line is this. If you want fruit juice that is 100%, it does exist. There is also the bonus of no added sugar. Not only is this the healthier choice it is the smarter choice. If you find yourself drinking a fruit drink that has only 10% juice, don’t panic! Just don’t make it your norm. Set a limit of one per day. It’s good practice to not make fruit juice your main drink of the day, even if it’s a 100%. Water should be the number one drink.
Keep in mind, too much sugar is not a sustainable health choice. You place yourself at risk for health issues like diabetes, unwanted weight gain, and more. Read your labels and know what you’re drinking.
[Taunya is a registered nurse, author, and CEO of MAWMedia Group, LLC. Read her bio here.