Q: How healthy is 100% fruit juice?
A: When you eat a whole piece of fruit, you get the benefits of not just its vitamins and minerals but also of its natural fiber.
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But when you drink fruit juice, you’re basically drinking fortified soda — including lots of added sugar. For example, an 8-ounce bottle of a popular 100% Apple Juice has 28 grams of sugar — the same as an 8-ounce can of a popular cola.
Similarly, fruit that’s been processed into jam and jelly often has high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as a main ingredient.
The prevalence of HFCS in processed foods is linked to the U.S. rise in diabetes and obesity-related health problems. (Our per capita consumption — 55 pounds per of the sweetener per year — is highest in the world.)
—Diabetes Center dietitian Hillary Sullivan, RDN, LD