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Fruit Juice or Juice Drinks?

Fruit Juice or Juice Drinks?

All juice products contain sugar and water.

"100% fruit juice" contains naturally occurring fructose, or the sugar from the fruit.

"Juice drinks" typically contain added sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.

Your best bet is to read the label for the total amount of sugar and calories; the more sugar, typically the higher the calorie level. Remember that many fruit "drinks" contain far less essential vitamins and minerals than juice.

Nutrition Fact Labels can help you make healthy beverage choices. Look at the two labels below and their ingredient lists.

100 percent pure orange juice label

Juice Drink Label

Now here's a quick mini quiz to help distinguish which one is more healthful for you and your family:

  1. Which beverage has added sugars?
  2. Which beverage has more nutritional value?
  3. Which beverage has an added vitamin?
  4. Which beverage would you choose for a snack?

Answers to Questions

  1. Juice Drink
  2. 100 percent Fruit Juice
  3. Juice Drink
  4. Hopefully 100 percent Fruit Juice!

Bottle of pure acai berry juice

Easy Ways to Choose Healthy Beverages

  • Drink a cold refreshing glass of milk for breakfast.
  • Try a delicious cup of hot chocolate to keep warm in the winter.
  • To cool down during hot summer days, have a glass of 100% fruit juice.
  • Instead of drinking pop with snacks and meals, choose milk.
  • Choose a healthy glass of 100% fruit juice instead of a fruit drink with added sugar.
  • Drink large amounts of water to stay hydrated and refreshed all day long.

Juicy Popsicles

Whether choosing a juice pop at the market or from an ice cream truck, look for one with a label that reads 100 percent real fruit juice. Bars made with frozen concentrate have significantly more sugar per serving.

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