Are Fruit Juices Better For You Than Sodas?

June 4, 2018

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Soda sells continue to slide as more people are turning to natural beverages, such as sparking flavored waters and even fruit juices, to quench their thirst. Considering fruit juices are filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they certainly appear to be a healthier choice than sodas, but that's not necessarily the case. Tests have found the sugar content in juices can be just as much or even more than in a can of soda. For example, a cup of grape juice has 36 grams of sugars, compared with just 27 grams of sugars in a cup of grape soda. While the sugars are natural in fruit juice, your body processes them in the same way as the added sugars in soda. All that sugar is quickly digested and released into your bloodstream faster, causing blood glucose levels to spike, prompting fat storage and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes. Make sure you are reading food labels and consuming fruit juices in moderation and consider eating a piece of fruit instead.  The body has to work harder to release those sugars and the fiber slows digestion to prevent such a dramatic spike in your body's sugar levels.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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