There’s nothing wrong with reaching for a 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.
According to the Department of Health, one 250mL serve of pure fruit juice contains around six teaspoons of sugar – that’s almost the same amount in a can of soft drink (nine teaspoons per 375mL). That number can be 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.”