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Sweet Substitute: Eat Fruit Instead of Drinking Fruit Juice

Recent studies have shown that Americans love their sugar a little too much. Eating more than our fair share of the sweet stuff can lead to a sour weight-gaining situation, so it's important that we're conscious of the sugar in our daily diets.

Even if you've sworn off soda, it's very possible that you're consuming more sugar than you're aware of throughout the day. In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Barry M. Popkin, author of The World Is Fat, gave a simple example of how easy it is to make sweet substitutes to cut back on sugar intake. He said, "An eight-ounce glass of juice from oranges, apples or grapes has about five to eight teaspoons of sugar. Calorically and nutritionally, it’s much better to eat the fruit."

Dr. Popkin made another powerful point — he said that it takes almost a pound of oranges to make eight ounces of orange juice. Next time you're headed for the OJ at the grocery store, consider taking a u-turn back to the produce section for a more satisfying and healthier sweet snack.


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