In the UK, according to the British Soft Drinks Association 6% of the soft drinks we consume are fruit juice. This market is dominated by orange constituting 55% sales, apple, the nearest competitor commands just 13% of the sales.
Orange juice has a lot of Vitamin C, but also a crazy amount of sugar, apple juice has even more, below are the stats for a 350ml serving:
Coca Cola: 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar
Apple juice: 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar
Orange juice: 158 calories and 29 grams of sugar
Shocking that what was once seen as a healthy choice has lost to the much criticized coke. The NHS recommends only one 150ml serving of fruit juice a day, due to the sugar, the acidity on your teeth and also because juicing takes away all the fibre-ey goodness of fruit. An article in the British Medical Journal in 2014, found that consuming fruit juice has a correlation to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes!
The NHS does still recommend five helpings of fruit and vege a day, however they recommend this is for the most part comprised of the solid fruit (juice, however much you drink can only be 1 of the five). The five a day gets you a long way with your daily vitamins and minerals as well as giving you a good amount of fibre.
Overall it’s about moderation with juice, a small glass will give you the vitamin hit and a manageable amount of sugar. Fruit and vege are great, but better for you in their natural forms.
I’m learning more and more to question and research so called healthy foods, drinks and habits. This January juice cleanses have been advertised all over the place, and by taking the time to look into it, I’ve saved myself a lot of sugar and saved the world from a few days of hangry me!
Looking into this further I’ve found a way to get all the fruity goodness without the sugar! I have capsules by Juice Plus that are essentially super dried up fruit… 100% vitamins, 0% sugar! Winning!