There’s nothing wrong with reaching for a tall glass of orange juice, right? Well, that depends. Fruits are rich in natural sugars that are good for you in moderation. Unfortunately, when it comes to juice, you’re consuming many more pieces of fruit than you would typically eat in one sitting – without the benefit of the fibre content.
In fact, according to the Department of Health, one 250mL serve of pure fruit juice contains an average of six teaspoons of sugar – the same ratio as a can of soft drink (nine teaspoons per 375mL). That number can be even higher again if the juice is made from concentrate and fortified with additional sweeteners.
Marika’s suggestion: “When it comes to fruit juice, I think that you’re better off drinking water or eating the fruit. That way you’ll get the fibre as well. Or, try juicing vegetables and then adding a piece of fruit to sweeten it – while still keeping sugar to a minimum.”