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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.


Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't drink juice, period. I'd much rather eat a piece of fruit and drink a glass of water. The fiber in the fruit helps absorb the natural sugars in it, so it won't spike your blood sugar so quickly.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I really like juice but know the fruit is the better option. I don't keep it in the house unless I have guests staying because I find it so hard to limit myself to a small glass.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
i never really liked juice too, i have always preferred fruits :D yeah agree with darkoblivion, fruits are more filling
darkoblivion darkoblivion 8 years
I've always enjoyed fruit way more anyway. If nothing else because it's lot more filling and tastes much better. I, too, am one who diligently watches her sugar intake because diabetes runs rampant in my family.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
"it takes almost a pound of oranges to make eight ounces of orange juice." Wow, I had no idea!
ashantixoxo ashantixoxo 8 years
hmm I've always wondered if a juicer is a must have, I mean if all the fibre is in the pulp then why put the fruit or veg to waste?????
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- fruit is better than juice. I'm one of those health geeks who is aware of her sugar intake. I'm mindful of this because there is diabetes in my family, and I never want to have that condition.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
ilanac13 you think so? I mean I can read a label and know that I'm better off eating an orange and not having oj to get the REAL nutrients. I would hope people would know better...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is good information actually. i think that people tend to assume that they are getting the same nutrients at the same cals when they have fruit juices rather than the fruit itself and that's rarely the case.
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