Pat yourself on the back when you choose 100 percent fruit juice over sugary “juice drinks.” Your choice shows that you are aware that juice drinks are loaded with refined sugars and artificial flavorings and amount to empty calories and you are making a healthier choice. 100% Indian River Select® Brand Orange or Grapefruit juice is a better option as long as you enjoy your favorite juice in moderation.
So what is the right amount of juice exactly? And how do you moderate it easiest when incorporating into your daily diet? Nutritionists advise not to sip juice throughout the day, because natural fruit juice has a high sugar content. One eight-ounce glass of orange juice may have twice the sugar of a fresh orange plus more calories. A glass of fruit juice is a great way to start the day, or a great drink to have with your lunch, but after that, go for fresh fruit instead.
Freshly squeezed juice is a fantastic option, but not all of us have the time to squeeze our own juice every day, and not all of us have a juicer. Bottled and canned juices can be a nutritious option, but make sure they’re 100 percent fruit juice. Read nutrition labels carefully to find 100 percent juice options. The label will tell you how much of the drink is actually juice. The FDA has a slew of naming and labeling restrictions that would be too confusing to remember so just consult the ingredient list on your juice. If you see ingredients other than fruit juice, water and added vitamins and minerals, it’s not 100 percent juice, which means it isn’t as nutritious.