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TOP 6 WORST JUICES ACCORDING TO "DRINK THIS, NOT THAT!" AUTHORS

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 7/30/2010

According to David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, co-authors of Drink This, Not That!, it's much healthier to eat fruits than the juices that are made from them. 

Turning a fruit into a juice, they say, keeps the flavor, but "loses the substance, the power.  Even the very best fruit juice isn't as nutritious as the fruit it originally came from, because the fiber that makes a piece of fruit so filling has been stripped away: Instead of filling your belly like an apple or an orange, juice just passes through your gastrointestinal tract like a little stream of sugar. . . .  The sweet melody is intact, but the soul is lost. So as a rule, always choose the original version (that would be the fruit) over the Muzak version (that would be the juice)."

They go on to say that juice isn't a "terrible" choice--we can still get our daily quota of vitamins and minerals from it.  The problem is that manufacturers simply mix a lot of water and sugar with a tiny bit of flavoring, and call it "juice."

With this in mind, David and Matt compiled a list of the best and worst juices at the supermarket, then added a healthier alternative to each.  Here goes:

WORST CRANBERRY COCKTAIL:  Ocean Spray Cran-Apple (8 fl oz); 130 calories; 32 g sugars.  According to Dave and Matt, Ocean Spray markets a variety of cranberry juice blends, all of which are "polluted with unruly loads of added sugar.  RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE.   Ocean Spray’s Cranenergy, which has only 35 calories and nine grams of sugars.   

For the list of WORST MIXED-BERRY BLEND, WORST LEMONADE (Hint: it's probably the one you're buying--Minute Maid Lemonade in the 20-ounce bottle, which delivers a whopping 250 calories and 67.5 grams of sugars), WORST MIXED-BERRY BLEND, WORST GRAPE JUICE, WORST "JUICE IMPOSTER," and WORST CANNED JUICE, together with their RECOMENDED ALTERNATIVES, go here

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