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A typical 12-ounce can of pop provides 10 teaspoons of sugar. Many of us are aware of this. But do we think about this when it comes to fruit drinks? Unfortunately, there are imposter beverages out there masquerading as real juice. When a label says 100% real fruit juice, be reassured that you have the real deal and will get the vitamins and minerals that come with that particular fruit. When the label says fruit cocktail, fruit drink or fruit beverage, it’s possible it contains as little as 10% real juice, if any. These products are essentially non-carbonated pop and can supply the same amount of sugar as cola or root beer.
Because I’m frequently asked if juice can fit into a healthy diet, I’ve come up with these guiding principles: