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How healthy is that fruit drink?

How healthy is that fruit drink?

If you’re a regular reader here, chances are soda’s not your thing, and if you do enjoy a sodapop, moderation is the name of the game. But did you know that those fruit drinks on store shelves can actually contain more sugar than soda?

Now, I’m not saying that you should give up your morning juice in favor of a Coke. Not all fruit drinks are sugar bombs, and at least fruit juice contains some vitamins along with all of that sugar. What the infographic below illustrates, though, is the importance of reading that label. When you’re choosing a drink that’s not water, there are a few questions worth asking:

  • Does it contain any added sugars or artificial sweeteners?
  • Are there artificial flavors or colors in the ingredients list?
  • What percentage of this drink is actually juice?

If you do like a fruity drink from time to time, your best bet is to make your own juice at home. That way, you know exactly what’s in it, and you can even leave in some of the whole fruit or vegetables to give it a boost of fiber.

Ready for the lowdown on “fruit drinks?” This inforgraphic breaks down the common issues with these drinks and the 5 major brands to avoid. (You can click the graphic to view it larger.)

fruit drink infographic

Creative Commons Snapple photo by meddygarnet

Infographic via Visual.ly

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