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Diet Tip: Eat Fruit Instead of Drinking It

If you're trying to lose weight, when choosing between fruit and fruit juice, stick with fruit. The whole fruit not only offers more fiber than fruit juice, it contains fewer calories as well. Eating fiber not only prevents certain types of cancers and keeps you regular, but it also helps fill you up so you're less likely to eat as many calories. I'm not saying you should give up juice entirely, but if you have a choice it's best to choose the original source. If sweet beverages are your weakness, fruit juice is definitely a better option than soda for its nutritional benefits, but it still contains just about as many calories (8.1 ounces of Coca-Cola contains 97 calories). So if you're watching your calorie intake, you may want to limit yourself to one eight-ounce glass a day, and opt for water or herbal teas for the rest of the day.

To emphasize my point I have made a handy little chart comparing an orange to a serving of orange juice. To see it, just


Calories Total Fat Sat Fat Chol. Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugars Protein Calcium Potassium
One orange 62 .2g 0g 0mg 0mg 15.4g 3.1g 12.2g 1.26g 52.4mg 237.1mg
8 oz. orange juice 112 .5g .1g 0mg 2mg 25.8g .5g 20.8g 1.7g 27.3mg 496.3mg


swati05 swati05 8 years
Is the juice we r talking about are store bought? I make mine from juicer so is it less calorie intake than one frm store?
dreamzme dreamzme 9 years
Are fresh squeezed orange juices (no additives) the same as oranges? I've always where all the extra calories and stuff come from - when you're just squeezing the orange?
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Oh, yes, of course.
maureenklein maureenklein 9 years
are home made blended smoothies still healthy??
emalove emalove 9 years
I eat several servings of fruit a day AND I drink 100% fruit juice.
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
Euni that's a great idea! I stopped drinking soda a long time ago but sometimes i get a small i will try your idea :) THANKS! I looove fruit...
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Yeah, what about smoothies you make from fresh fruit? I made a lovely one with yogurt, PB, and several fresh fruit choices. And one canned choice. So, yeah, what about smoothies like that junk I made? Self-processed goodness, I say.
Allyson-N-Jason Allyson-N-Jason 9 years
I eat a lot of fresh and raw fruit especially berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc). I love it. If I am going to have some fruit juice, I enjoy organic brands but I prefer making my own fruit smoothies and juice blends from fresh fruit and ingredients. FYI - Strawberries are great natural teeth whiteners. As for other fruits, it is better to eat than to drink them if you are concerned about the wearing down of enamel from fruit acids and sugars.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love love love fruit!
kia kia 9 years
It is awesome to take a break from the world to peel an orange and eat it. I usually turn heads in airport terminals because I always peel at least one while I am hanging out.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Fruit makes me feel full. Juice just can't do that.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I definitely prefer fruit over juice. :)
Euni Euni 9 years
I pretty much only eat whole fruit :) If I have a bit of a diet soda (diet soda is bad for you!) craving, I just take a glass of sparkling water and add a splash of orange or ruby-red grapefruit juice to the water and voila! Fruity, low-cal and additive-free, yummy-tasting water! =D
Spectra Spectra 9 years
See, I just don't get why people even drink juice to begin with. I guess it tastes good, but so does actual fruit. Plus, fruit is so much healthier because it has fiber and other nutrients that usually get lost when it's processed into juice. Your best bet is to eat fruit and just drink water.
AMP AMP 9 years
I just had a lovely orange. I'd much rather eat something than drink something. Maybe its psychological, but helps me think that I've been eating and should not be hungry.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I love fruit and rarely eat fruit, so this isn't too tough for me, but I always forget how many calories are in juice when i do drink it.
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