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Caution: juice 'drinks' and 'cocktails'!

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 7:15 PM Contirbutor (Rick Sr)

Caution: juice ‘drinks’ and ‘cocktails’!

Are you trying to avoid added sugars in juices? Then watch for these two words on the label: drink and cocktail. These words are usually dead giveaways that there is more than just juice in products labeled as such. There are exceptions when these terms are used and you may find ‘drinks’ and ‘cocktails’ without added sweeteners.


Another obvious clue to tipping consumers off that something was added is the type of juice. The major one is cranberry. I have a bottle of 100% cranberry juice in the fridge. I would not dare take a swig of it without mixing it with something. Cranberry, like lemon, is too tart for my taste buds. First mixer choice would be another 100% juice that is naturally sweetened.  


My curiosity got the best of me when I noticed the ‘100%’ on the label of this particular product. I did not notice that the percentage was not referring to juice content. Apple and grape are the most popular juices that are sweet enough to sell without any added sugar. If you notice, it is used to sweeten the product on display here. Some juice makers will not add sugar. They will use other juices as sweeteners. This looks like water and sugar with juice added. By the way, the juice here is 28 grams of sugar per serving and the cranberry in my fridge is 10 grams.     

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Categories: Healthy Eating Tips, Sugar and Carbohydrates, Weight Loss Tips

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