Fruit Drink Facts Beverage Companies Don’t Want You To Know

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While soda offers no nutritional value, you may be surprised to learn that most fruit drinks are as bad, or possibly worse for your health than drinking soda. In fact, some fruit drinks pack more sugar per serving that a can of coke that has roughly 10 teaspoons of sugar!

When I first realized drinking 12 ounces of orange juice (165 calories, no fiber, added sugar, little real fruit) every morning wasn’t exactly the healthiest breakfast choice, it was a tough pill to swallow. A whole orange on the other hand is only 60 calories with a lot of fiber to help fill you up. It took me months to switch to drinking water and eating whole fruits for breakfast, but I’m glad I did!

Below is an infographic from my friends at HealthScience.net that shares fruit drink facts beverage companies don’t want you to know:

Fruit Drink Facts:


Created by: HealthScience.net

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9 Comments on “Fruit Drink Facts Beverage Companies Don’t Want You To Know

  1. Orlando
    January 17, 2012 #

    Sugar in that infographic needs to be replaced with High Fructose Corn syrup because that’s what these drinks actually they have in them. And HFCS is much worse than sugar.

    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/

    1. January 17, 2012 #

      @Orlando – Agreed. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. January 19, 2012 #

    Hey everyone, just wanted to share some emails I’ve gotten from a few BuiltLean Newsletter Subscribers:

    First, Squeezed a book by Alissa Hamilton explores the hidden history of orange juice. Of particular interest to OJ drinkers will be the revelation that most orange juice comes from Brazil, not Florida, and that even “not from concentrate” orange juice is heated, stripped of flavor, stored for up to a year, and then reflavored before it is packaged and sold. The book concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of why consumers have the right to know how their food is produced. (blurb from Amazon)

    Second, I’ve been getting a lot of questions like:

    “So is Tropicana bad for you?”
    Quick answer to these questions is that no, I don’t think Tropicana is “bad” for you or causes disease, but it certainly isn’t good for you. An emphasis on eating whole fruits is far better. This applies especially if you are trying to lose fat and eat less calories.

    “What about fresh squeezed orange juice, or fruit juice?”
    This is certainly acceptable as long as you are cognizant of the calories (especially as part of a fat loss program). It can take several oranges for only one glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Would you eat 4 oranges in on sitting? Probably not! Just something to think about. In almost all cases, drinking water is preferably, but if you want to enjoy that fresh squeezed orange juice at brunch, then go for it!

    1. February 23, 2012 #

      @Marc Pery : I agree with you and thanks to aware us through this comment…

  3. Alan
    January 19, 2012 #

    I am glad you are speaking out on this. I stick to water and tea. I notice my daughter-in-law is giving our grandkids water and milk instead of juice these days. Keep up the good work on educating people on healthier living.

  4. Allan
    January 19, 2012 #

    …great article. I love those infographics!

  5. Tolly
    January 20, 2012 #

    Smart article, but under “What Consumers Can Do” – do we really need stupid laws passed by brainless legislators?

    This just leads to arbitrary bans and moronic nanny-state parenting. The FDA already mandates that nutritional information be published on every package and container. How about we all educate ourselves and expend a minimal amount of effort to turn the bottle around and verify that the content is healthy.

    Besides, even though some of these drinks are sugary and unhealthy, some people enjoy that kind of indulgence on occasion.

  6. January 29, 2012 #

    Like the infographic, the sugar consumption is horrible. When did we lose the ability to partake in moderation?

  7. April 17, 2012 #

    All companies that produce juices to know that they did not produce any juice. They are not fruit, and the chemistry just is not good for our children, for us.

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