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Drinking These Fruit Juices is Just as Bad, or Even Worse than Drinking Soda

By: Cat Ebeling, co-author of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

Conventional mindset has always been that drinking pure fruit juice is healthy. We purchase fruit juice smoothies in the store, thinking that will help our health and weight loss, and start our days with a large glass of OJ—for the vitamin C. We ‘juice’ vegetables and fruit for the perfect healthy drink. We think we are giving our kids a healthy alternative by letting them drink box after box of “pure fruit juice”. It’s pure fruit juice, so it’s good for us, right?

Juice, whether it is store bought (the worst), or freshly made at home seems to be a healthy choice. But, contrary to popular thinking, juice, purchased from the store, is not far from a drink made of pure liquid sugar. And in truth, it’s not much better than drinking a soda. So, in spite of the fact that you or your children may be drinking a drink that says “100% pure fruit juice”, it may as well say “pure sugar”. So though you may have thought you were making a healthier choice over sodas or other processed drinks with added sugar, you may be drinking something equally as bad.

The sugar that comes from fruit is fructose. Same as the sugar in high fructose corn syrup. Fructose is not a healthy sweetener, in spite of its natural source. Fructose, unless it is wrapped up in a whole fruit, is bad news for your body and your waistline. Fructose is a non-essential dietary sugar. Fructose is actually known to be a strong contributor to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Additionally, it is thought that fructose has some very definite and sinister ties to cancer. And while it’s okay in fruit, because you are not get large, concentrated quantities of it, drinking in tons of fructose in the form of fruit juice will lead you down a path of poor health.

When you drink a glass of juice, let’s say, for example, a 12 oz glass of orange juice, you hit your system with a whopping 37 grams of sugar in the form of mostly fructose. And when you have a 12oz glass of apple juice, you are gulping down an astronomical 40g of sugar! That’s as much as a can of soda! But wait, that’s not the worst of it—a similar sized glass of grape juice–white or red–contains almost 60g of sugar! That’s like having a can and a half of soda!

Drinking a mixed juice ‘cocktail’ is no better, even if it only contains pure fruit juice. Most often concentrated white grape juice, or apple juice is added for sweetness. That adds even more sugar to the mix! Check out the sugar grams in Tropicana Berry Punch, or Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice. It’s a massive amount of sugar! And don’t be mistaken into thinking the calories and the sugar grams, are worth the vitamins, they are not. There is little vitamin C, antioxidants of anything else of benefit in bottle fruit juice.

One of the biggest problems here is that fruit juice contains NO fiber and is a very concentrated source of liquid sugar—the worst kind. It is extremely easy to consume massive amounts of sugar from juice in a very short time. Fructose gets sent straightaway to the liver for processing and some of it is quickly turned into fat cells. Some of the sugar just goes right into your bloodstream and causes insulin to be released—which stores fat cells. The perfect recipe for quick weight gain.

A lot of those new fat cells are stored in the liver, creating a fast track to fatty liver disease. The rest of those fat cells turn into triglycerides, one of the precursors for heart disease, and due to the release of insulin, many of these fat cells are quickly stored in various parts of the body—i.e., bellyfat, hips, thighs, etc. This particular study shows that just one glass of grape juice a day caused insulin resistance and increased waist size in just three months. Not only that, but 2 servings of juice a day also doubles your chance for developing painful gout.

And the biggest problem with liquid calories is that you still continue to eat as much or more. They just don’t make you feel full—on the contrary, juice just makes you want to eat more, making sugary drinks like juice is one of the most fattening things you can put in your body. Drink juice, eat more.

This study in children showed that the risk of obesity was increased by 60% for each daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages. And you are not doing your kids any favors by allowing them to drink juice to their heart’s content. It does the same thing as a sugar-sweetened beverage. If you want to reduce the chances that your child will be obese or develop type 2 diabetes, eliminate the juice drinks, according to this study, and this study. One of the growing problems in the U.S. and other countries is the high rate of childhood obesity, and one of the biggest contributors to this is sweet drinks such as juice and soda. Kids don’t need to be sucking down a box of juice every time they are thirsty, water works fine!

Let’s chat a bit about how most juice is made. It doesn’t get squeezed or pressed straight from the farm into a carton, let me tell you. Most processed juice—even 100% juice–that you buy in a store, undergoes a very UNnatural process to get from the fruit to your glass, and it’s not really even 100% pure juice. As an example, orange juice is picked from the orchards, the juice extracted out, heated and pasteurized, and then stored in gigantic vats, where the oxygen is removed so it can be stored for up to a year or more.

Removing the oxygen removes a lot of the flavor, so big juice companies hire flavor and fragrance people to formulate “flavor packs” that make the orange juice taste like oranges again. That is why big juice companies like Tropicana and Minute Maid, always taste exactly the same. It is because of a flavor pack added to some virtually tasteless liquid that has been sitting in a huge tank somewhere. Yummy. These flavor packs are made from orange byproducts, although they are chemically altered and those in the juice industry will even tell you the flavor packs don’t resemble anything in nature.

Other juices are no healthier. If they are bottled and sold in a store, they are all heated and pasteurized to kill off bacteria, yeasts, and other pathogens, thus reducing the beneficial antioxidants, enzymes, and other healthy compounds. Then the fiber is removed as well, which further degrades the juice. Fiber slows the absorption of the sugar in the fruit, as well as containing healthy fiber to feed your gut bacteria.

Even if you think you can buy ‘healthy’ fruit juice smoothies, they are still very high in sugar, and heated and pasteurized so they can be bottled. They lose most all their antioxidants and vitamins from the pasteurization process, along with just the amount of time they sit on a store shelf. They usually add ‘filler’ high sugar juices like apple juice and grape juice to make them taste better. Most often, even if it is labeled as a smoothie, it may be more fruit juice (read “high sugar”) than actual whole fruit and fiber. So basically, you get a lot of sugar and a little flavor and not much more in a so-called ‘healthy’ smoothie you buy from the store.

All in all, if you are thirsty, or your kids are thirsty, drink water. You can make your own flavored waters by using spring water, chopping up an orange or dropping in a few raspberries, or even slicing up a cucumber to give the water some added flavor. Try adding a squeeze of a real orange slice to your sparkling water or even a lemon or lime wedge.

And if you just can’t do without lots of flavor, try drinking kombucha tea. This fermented tea is reasonably low in sugar (about 1/8th the amount of sugar of juice), but full of gut-healing probiotics, cancer-fighting compounds, and a good dose of healthy phytochemicals.

Kombucha is gaining in popularity, so most stores sell lots of different flavors to suit every taste. Just watch the sugar content, because while most of the sugar in these drinks has been gobbled up by the fermentation process, some could still have some added sugar.  However, most brands seem to have anywhere from 2 grams to 8 grams of sugar in 1 cup of kombucha, which makes it very low in sugar compared to a glass of juice or soda.

In the long run, you may be shocked at how many sugar calories you and your kids may have been drinking. You and your kids will be far better off if you steer clear of the juices and sugary drinks.

The popularity of kombucha is growing very fast, and it’s not uncommon to find kombucha even at many corner stores and gas stations these days.

Here is another article that I recently wrote which reveals the 7 major health benefits of drinking kombucha (including weight loss, gut health, and more)

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References
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/07/opinion/sunday/juice-is-not-healthy-sugar.html?utm_source=The+Cultivator&utm_campaign=33790b447c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_10_04_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a401763ee6-33790b447c-129578531
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fruit-juice-is-just-as-bad-as-soda#section4
https://greatist.com/health/fruit-juice-increases-risk-diabetes-090313
https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/is-fructose-bad-for-you-why-fructose-is-worse-than-sugar/
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/06/fruit-drinks-sodas-evil-twin.aspx
http://civileats.com/2009/05/06/freshly-squeezed-the-truth-about-orange-juice-in-boxes/

About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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82 comments

  1. Are you talking about store bought commercial juices OR
    Juices from your own natural sources…..?

    Grapefruit juice is great in a liver flush along with lemons, (olive oil and garlic).
    I cannot believe that all juices are that bad….which is sounds like that is what you are inferring.

  2. I find this information very helpful and a super guide for my wife & myself

  3. I make a fresh fruit smoothie every morning for my wife and myself, with papaya, orange (or grapefruit), pineapple, banana, blueberries, mango, pear, lemon, raspberries, spinach, fresh carrot juice, and vegan protein powder. Is this also an unhealthy overdose of sugar?

    • CharlesWilliamMorganJr

      It appears there are NO answers provided to any of the questions posed here. Perhaps we should ask why God made these fruits for us? When would be an appropriate time to consume this God-given product of nature? Can we ever consume mangoes and kiwi fruit? Should we let these God-given fruits fall from the trees and rot on the ground? What specifically is the purpose of fruits?

      • Not sure why you have to mention God 3 times in one question about fruits but the purpose of fruits is to replicate the plants or trees from which they come. Not everything on earth was put here for you to eat. The plant Atropa belladonna has a sweet but deadly fruit. Socrates died from eating a Hemlock plant. Abraham Lincoln’s mother died from indirectly consuming a plant. Some fruits and plants kill you instantly, the rest if over-consuimed just take a little longer.

        • @Mark -Well said !

        • I’m a diabetic and when I eat fruits my blood sugar doesn’t spike if I eat some donuts or chocolate and candy it spikes. So if you’re craving something sweet like most diabetics do its better than eating cookies cake and chocolate because at least your getting the fiber. And who is going around picking random fruit off trees and eating it. I’m sure they are talking about fruit that has already been deemed safe to eat without dying immediately. I’m not saying eat a lot of it I’m saying in moderation its better than man made sweets.

        • David Bunkley Sr

          What are you an ATHEIS!

      • From my studies, fruit in the morning is good. We need fiber, so eating them whole is good. I suppose if a person must have juice, perhaps throw in some of the fiber from the fruit, or perhaps some psyllium husks.

      • In their natural state fruits are healthy, it’s when they are processed and all you get is the juice that they become unhealthy. Eat clean, non GMO, unprocessed foods and you will do good.

      • Hi my name is sylvain Gravel and i’m from canada.
        Working in fitness and nutrition for the last 25years.
        If I can put my 2cents here, fruits are not evils! The point is that 1glass of orange juice will require 6 or more oranges to be made. Would you eat 6 oranges straight up when rising for breakfast? The answer is probably no.
        Now, you must realize that the glass of juice will be “part” of the meal and consume with food too.
        Don’t drink your calories and get fruit in mothers nature original form, whole.
        Hope it’s help a lil and be kind with my writing skills please as i’m French Canadian
        Best to you, God bless

        • My diabetic Doctor told me to eat very little fruit and no fruit juice of any kind along with a meal. Lots of people are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. All things in moderation. Thanks Sylvain gravel for your input. Signed A diabetic.

      • Well said God created us & all things to be e njoy end We have sinned against Him & that’s the problem not fruit or the juices it’s US !

        • That’s why there’s poisonous mushrooms, snakes, spiders, hurricanes, earthquakes, sickness and death?

        • David Bunkley Sr

          What are you talking about, the subject was, does fresh fruit have too much sugar.
          So are you saying that GOD is punishing us with DIABEATES for sinning against him.

          You might what to rethink that thought, and maybe not share it with your friends and family unless there are of the same mind set!
          GOOD LUCK IN LIFE.

      • Okay time to wake up people the articles basically telling you about process fruits and vegetables not the ones you grind up in your blender stuff you buy in the store has been pasteurized

    • I believe fresh smoothie with the fiber of the fruit is very good. We do not need it in a large quantity but is an excellent way of getting micro nutrients. Your fresh smoothie is not heated to pasteurize it so the nutrients are preserved. When it is pasteurize it is really just the sugar left in it.

    • If I were you I’d stay away from papaya.
      Most are GMOs
      Very difficult to find natural, organic, papaya.
      There are non GMO varieties but you would have to search far and wide for them.

    • Pamela Johnson

      Really? You doctors told parents to give your kids juice. Then you told them real juice. Now anything we give are kids are killing them. Just how old are these doctors telling us everything is bad? You can have everything as long as you don’t abuse it. Milk is bad, real fruit is bad, meat is bad. Now I don’t believe anything these people say. Every year they come out with this good for you then the next year it’s bad for you. No thanks . FDA IS letting poison in your food. Not listening to them. I have a brain that I use for research and that I can make up my mind what’s good and what’s not.

      • Read your labels, it will list sugar, fructose or high fructose corn syrup if it’s there. I read labels all the time; it saves me from making unhealthy purchases. NO SUGAR!!

    • Elizabeth McFarland

      You’re using the complete fruits in your smoothies. I believe that is a healthy habit. It’s just consuming the juice, alone from fruit that they discourage. As the post indicated, all the good things for the body is contained within the whole fruit.

  4. What about juice that is made at home like grape, lemon, tomato, etc by using the steam method with nothing else added. Im sure that does concentrate the sugars but what about the other vitamins and minerals that are suppose to be so good for a person. Does the sugar outweigh the benefit.

  5. Juices are part of the standard American diet. And, juices are helping to make Americans fat.

    You note that 12 ounces of orange juice “hit your system with a whopping 37 grams of sugar.” That”s nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar! No sane person would choose that much sugar. But, when it’s hidden in a “healthy” juice it’s acceptable.

    Thanks for this eyeopener.

  6. Sorry to say you have few misconceptions in your article. Fructose from fruit juice and eating fruit is not HFCS.
    Secondly fructose does not use insulin to be processed into energy, glucose does. Yes all fruit has some glucose in it so fruit does use insulin to process glucose into energy but not to get energy from fructose.

    • Sorry you are the one who is wrong. All fruit has sugar – fructose. However it does not matter the form of sugar – it is still sugar and treated as such by your body. Fruit is well known as ‘natures candy’. Sugar comes in many forms from many different foods and it is all treated the same in your body. Some people can cope with it easily because of exercise or body metabolic rate but most people can’t. Even if you are juicing your own fruit – think about how many oranges go into a small glass of juice. Depends on the orange of how much is juice but it would be far better for you to eat 1orange rather than the caloric value of 2 or 3 or more oranges. If you are trying to lose weight and prevent insulin spikes stay away from fruit except maybe a few berries.

  7. My husband makes a beetroot and celery drink in the nutra bullet each morning. IS this good for him?

    • Yes very healthy. The author of this article is trying to warn you about bottled juices that are pre-packaged. Your husband’s juice is best when consumed within an hour of preparing. If he cannot consume it all that fast he should add a lemon to the mix as it will slow down the oxidation that ruins commercial juices.

    • Absolutely, it’s very good for him. It’s good for inflammation and high blood pressure, liver and kidneys. I do this also and it clears your skin

    • Yes indeed, those two juices are very natural and healthy for you. They lower blood pressure, cleans the liver,&kidneys. I make these too.

  8. White and regular grape juice pear juice apple juice all very unhealthy

  9. What kind of liquid should you use in a protein smoothie?

  10. How about juicing fresh oranges at home?? Isn’t this a healthy alternative??

  11. How about the sugar or fructose content in freshly squeezed juices that we prepare at home? Are they “safe” at all?

  12. Cornelia-A. Bryant

    I’ve been drinking orange, apple or cranberry juice to stay hydrated when I can’t get at my filtered water supply.

    Is there anything else I could do?

  13. Please check out a book called “Eat Right for (4) your Type”, by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. It tells what foods each blood type can and cannot eat. I do believe we shouldn’t drink too much fruit juice because of the sugar, and no fiber. We all need to turn to God’s advice on eating, it’s in the Bible. God bless!

  14. While I love oj, I had stopped drinking it a long time ago because of the sugar content. I recently began drinking it again (just 4 oz. in the a. m.) due to the latest study which seems to indicate that drinking a small amount every morning may help reduce the risk of dementia. I have come to the conclusion that “all things in moderation” applies to juice.

  15. i Bought that kombucha tea from trader joes. it was plain YUK. and when i looked at the ingredients it was loaded with sugar. Organic USDA LEMONS OR BLUEBERRIES ,WATER AND NON GMO STEEVIA………THATS THE JUICE IN THIS DAY AND AGE THAT WONT HURT OUR BODIES.MAKE YOUR OWN THATS THE SURENWAY TO GO.

  16. I’ve been drinking fresh raw cold pressed juices for over 40 years and have never had any issues with weight gain or any other health related problems from it. Quite the opposite. Raw organic juices provide
    the best nutrition and energy that your body needs. I’m sure your familiar with the name Norman Walker
    who was an expert on the subject and wrote many books on the benefits of raw juices.
    Cheers to the RAW JUICE movement!🥂

  17. I do not like vegetables so I dieted on fruits blended. After I finished, I had a blood test and found that it had really messed with my liver results. So please take care.

  18. I love welches grape juice, If wine is good for you, would not grape juice also be similar. You guys are killing me with this one because I absolutely love grape juice and Blueberry smoothies.

  19. It’s called doing everything in MODERATION!!!…And also EXERCISE!!!…walking/moderate cardio, circuit weight training to help burn calories(sugar)…and regardless, drink water…do everything in moderation and your body will have a proper balance!!!…don’t be alarmed and get all confused by this article!!!…CHEERS TO A HAPPY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!!!…

    • I love your comment about doing things in moderation. You are so right. If people read and do what you suggest with respect to diet and exercise, weight gain will not be a problem. I am 63 years old, 5’6” tall and I tip the scales at 137 lbs. I do not have diabetes or high blood pressure. I make a consistent effort to work out regularly, and I typically have juice, either bottled, or liquified fruit every day.

  20. I had freshly squeezed orange juice first thing in the morning since I was a child. I never had a weight problem until I was allergic to a hepatitis B vaccination which gave me chronic fatigue in1994. The weight piled on as I was not on rower before breakfast. Medical mushrooms (taken since 2018) have helped me get over the chronic fatigue as every time I was almost fit felt like a steam truck had run over me when I woke up before.

    Between the ages of 50 and 60 I also had 5 knee replacements because I am allergic to titanium. Now at 71 reasonably fit but still overweight. Soon the orange drink will come from orange trees planted in the garden.

  21. Greetings to all! I understood that we can eat fruit, fruit with it’s fiber, from thr FRUIT. No juice because you can eat one orange with its white underpeel and wedges and that would be healthy. But if you squeeze 7 oranges to make 12 ounces of juice, it IS a massive amount of fructose without the benefit of its natural fiber. The same would go with any fruit. Grapefruit, lemons and watermelon can be consumed in large quantities for detox because they are not sugary by nature, as are papayas and kiwis. All fruit can be consumed one or two daily. But not juiced if you want to lose weight or if you are diabetic. I hope this helps to clarify any confusion.

  22. You’re pretty right on, however, I make my own juices with fresh vegetables and fruits such as carrots, spinach, celery, cucumbers, parsley,beets,lettuce,apples.

  23. I drink either cranberry juice…pure, not blended…..or tart cherry juice to get rid of the symptoms of gout.

  24. It still isn’t as bad as soda because soda also destroys your bones and teeth, so when deciding what to drink soda should be last on the list, always.

  25. I just have to ask: what if you are trying to get your child to gain weight? My son is very thin and needs to gain weight. He just got over the flu and lost weight he shouldn’t have been losing. His vertebrae are sticking out now. So, I do give him juice for extra calories. He is so picky and I almost have to force him to eat.

  26. Sorry, I just can’t believe all the doomsday tripe being written about fruit juices! I’m 72, 5’6″ tall and weigh 130 lbs. I drink about 6oz.of non GMO some pulp orange juice every day and have done so all my life. Acccording to this article I should be dying of fatty liver disease and be stricken with diabetes and gout! Nothing could be further from the truth! I am active and take no prescription medicines. My diet is nothing special but I don’t eat many veggies because I don’t like them

  27. Fructose has gotten a bad rap. Fructose requires a carrier molecule to cross from gut to bloodstream. Very little fructose gets into the bloodstream. What does get in is used by the muscles and doesn’t influence insulin levels. Now GLUCOSE which is about 55% of high-fructose corn syrup enters the bloodstream by osmosis at 100% and raises blood insulin levels. When insulin resistance is present (from too much glucose over the years), the insulin converts the glucose (from whatever source it comes) to fat.

  28. Shirley Ann Kraemer

    I am 85. I drink 4 oz of juice every morning. I am healthy. I am tired of all the “experts” telling us what to eat and what not to eat. Enjoy what God has provided for us. Don’t be concerned with every thing you read!

  29. Catherine crespo

    How about pure pomegranate not from concentrate 100% no GMOs, additives etc?

    • My husband and I drink 1 oz of organic pure pomegranate juice every morning. It’s supposed to stabilize BP – seems to be working .

  30. I think this is an interesting and controversial subject. I agree that processed clarified juices like apple and grape juice are not healthy in large amounts; aka 8oz+. I agree with the unnatural processing of commercially packaged orange juice as well. However I also agree with the idea of everything in balance. Small amounts of juice in divided doses are not going to hurt you unless maybe you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

    There is also the important facts that the author leaves out that help balance out the equation. Fruit contains potassium which is very health and often people on the SAD (standard American diet) don’t get enough of it. Juice concentrates potassium. One 8oz glass of processed orange juice contains over 400mg of potassium which is more than a banana. It also contains natural vitamin-c complex which is known to have greater health-promoting properties than it’s synthetic conter-part that is derived prom possibly genetically-modified corn and made in China as an isolate which the body doesn’t recognize and cannot use in the same way. So you see there is two sides to every coin. This issue really presents a double-edged sword.

    I think the author has a bias in this regard. Perhaps he’s a heath nut and has decided to take a very black and white approach to thinking about this subject material. Aside from the benefits of potassium, fruit juice contains other antioxidants such as in red and purple fruit and novel identified and yet unidentified nutriceutical compounds that offer anti-cancer benefits especially in their raw forms. Tart cherries and tart cherry juice is chock full of OPC’s and also contains melatonin which can help you sleep and which in and of itself has a restorative anti-radiation effect; supposedly can protect cells from radiation. But antioxidants do that as well, they protect from free radicals in our highly polluted world. So see it’s really not all bad.

    @Jean – Who commented above; November 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm I agree with you:
    “Please check out a book called “Eat Right for (4) your Type”, by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. It tells what foods each blood type can and cannot eat.”

    How do fruitarians get by if fruit is so unhealthy??? How do other animals who survive in the tropics survive and live off eating a mostly fruit diet? Obviously some organism and even some people depending on their body type are more likely to thrive off eating a high, high fructose/sugar carbohydrate diet. Perhaps that’s not the case for most people and certainly not all. I personally know my limits with fruit and sugary drinks and foods.

    Then theirs another factor. We all like and we all die. God if you believe in him/her/it or spirit obviously made fruits for a reason and as another commented above stated, it would be such a waste for something so divine to fall to the ground and rot only to feed bugs and insects. Fruit is divine! It’s flavors can be quite divine and heavenly, so why should be let it go to waste? That’s illogical. As humans fruit brings us pleasure and joy. Its not something I think we should demonize simply because it contains sugar. Sugar is not all the evil you make it out to be if taken in moderation as part of a whole foods diet.

    Humans have plenty of other vices which are just as bad or worse like alcohol, tobacco, lack of exercise, sitting for 8+hours a day, stress, etc. Eating something enjoyable is a relaxing stress relieving experience and it is indeed pleasurable. It’s a natural pleasure. It’s natures original comfort food to lift your mood and give you a quick burst of energy. Could our ancestors have survived without it? Good question. Somehow we made it this far and fruit has been an healthy part of our diets for millennia. I don’t think it’s time to suddenly dump a good thing. Stop fear mongering. Fruit is good, in moderation for most people in its raw natural form, as are moderate amounts of raw juices.

    • Speaking of eliminating “free radicals,” I will try drinking some tart cherry juice before the next democratic election debates.

  31. Also forgot to mention that purple grapes contain resveratrol an anti-aging antioxidant. The other OPC’s in dark red grapes also acts as a synergist with extracted resveratrol supplements and is good for the heart. Potassium is also good for the heart and bones. Cranberries/cranberry juice are known to promote health of the urinary tract and prevent urinary tract infections. Fresh lemons and limes offer a great addition to many recipes to replace the excesive use of salt to help keep the human body electrolytes in balance. Fruit and fruit juice also contain magnesium which as a healthy mineral.

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  33. A strange article… The store jar substance rate (added sugar, CHs, fiber, etc) I can read on the label. If I do my juice myself from berries/fruits/veggies, then it is NOT transforming mystically into “pure liquid sugar” – this is just simply those same berries/fruits/veggies, smashed.

  34. Ever since I was a child, drinking orange juice was like automatic! I’m now 87, never has juice drinking affected my health, NEVER!!! Where Watchdog gets this info seems very strange to me! Above are a few others who survived juice drinking as I have, strange isn’t it???

  35. dr. Richard beierle

    Ancient Man did not have a balanced diet as many nutritionists believe thus Man does not need a balanced diet by nature – He ate large quantities of what ever was available at the moment – meat, roots or perhaps fruit – most of these items were seasonal so he did not overburden his system by the continuos excess consumption of anything – the term ” all things in moderation” likley refers to how often you indulge rather than how much you stuff yourself with something – sit down and eat a whole watermelon – weather or not you are fat or skinny, it will likley do you a lot of GOOD.

  36. Educate yourself

    This article is totally correct, only shame that people without nutritional education commenting on it can’t understand the subject completely. So that makes other people that believe in supermarkets/marketing health information confused about the whole thing.

  37. I’ve been on a juice fast for a long time, and with fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh squeezed pink great fruit juice and I think it is good for you, or at least for me. And I used to have an orange grove and juice a lot of oranges. Too much juice though may not be good if you are also eating a lot of food. Everyone though may have a different tolerance, but I think citrus and apple and pineapple juice is or has been good for me, though I wouldn’t presume that for anyone else. Individuals and people may need to test things out some. Remember though to brush your teeth.

  38. PLEASE keep in mind that if you eat WHOLE fruits in their natural form… NOT heated to over 200 degrees to kill the enzymes and vitamins to give it a long shelf life! You CAN’T go wrong on mother nature. Its when man bottles, canned, carton or put it in a glass bottle is when its not natural to the human body!

  39. I think that most people DID NOT read what the author was trying to saying she made 2 quotes : or freshly made at home seems to be healthy choice) (UNLESS its wrapped in a WHOLE FRUIT form) its 100% TRUE when you heat up fruit to 200 degrees to give it shelf life and kill all the enzymes and nutrition, the sugars are more concentrated in this form. Eating whole fruit in its natural form OR / home made fresh squeeze is the best for a human body!

  40. I truly think this article speaks of the premade store orange juice, welches grape and those along the line that have been processed through a factory. Take a fresh fruit and taking the juices from that in your own kitchen does have health benefits. On the other hand premade juices are over processed to the point where most nutritional value is gone and replaces with simple sugars.

  41. I stick with the juice from hops and barley. It’s the best.

  42. This is crazy! I’ve been juicing veggies and fruit for 15 years now and I am not fat but I am healthy!!!
    This article has some good information but it’s misleading for sure.

    • I had an allergic reaction to kombucha and my faced literally burned. It was scary. As far as juice and fruit cannot live without it. But i limit the intake by keeping those very small plastic cups next to fridge and just getting amall amount in morning. Also check out v8 energy drinks. 10 grams of sugar and at 2pm they really help. Everything in moderation.

  43. I avoid commercially processed juices and try to eat whole fruit primarily. Learned that even blended fruit have its enzymes wiped out. Saw photos by Gabriel Cousens, M.D. who has been into health research for well over 30 years. He took photos of fruit, before and after blending. Before blending there was a light force emanating from the fruit; after there was total darkness. The life force in the food, the enzymes are destroyed by heat; and a blender generates enough heat to wipe out the enzymes. No enzymes! No Value!

  44. I love my fruit juices, but I also recognize the wisdom presented in this article. So here are the rules I follow to get some of what I like without too much dietary risk. First, I read labels. Nothing comes into the house with high fructose corn syrup in it. I have a certain brand of juice available to me here that I really like (from an eastern European country). Second, I hydrate with tea, especially in summer. I make “iced” green tea by the gallon with a large tea bag made only by Lipton and only available from one source where I live. Then I brew it in the sun. I sweeten with calorie-free stevia. I rarely drink it “iced,” just cool from the fridge, and when I have a yen for fruit juice, I fill my beverage container about 1/4 full with my choice of juice then fill to the top with the cold green tea. I get plenty of juice flavor but only 1/4 of the sugar that I’d get if I drank pure juice. Best of both worlds.

  45. I’m sick and tired of articles like this. The tone of this article suggests that fruit juice is bad then goes on to say that commercially produced juices have excess sugar because fructose has been added. The clincher is the author is selling kombucha tea. My attitude is if you’re going to sell kombucha tea so be it but don’t knock fruit juice. It’s fine to remind people to check the label on the juice container for the sugar content. It is better to encourage people to eat fresh fruit when possible.

  46. This article is deceptive, and assumes the readers are idiots! Green Juicing or Juice Fasting has been around a long time. Of course you can’t drink fructose-laden bottled juices or sugared smoothies! But this story detracts from healthy fresh whole green juicing that might include a fruit in the mix with greens, celery, etc. I’ve known people who educated themselves about Green Juicing (Juice Feasting), who literally glowed or healed completely after such a detox.

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