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    You Ask, I Answer: Is Juicing the Best Avenue for Vegetables?

    celery juice -Green DelightI watched a documentary called Crazy Sexy Cancer, and in it, director/star Kris Carr talks about the benefits of juicing vegetables. In the book version, she writes, “By removing the fiber through the process of squeezing the pulp, we instantly lighten our digestive load. Nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and restore our immune systems.”

    She says that drinking this juice concoction is better than eating each of the ingredients.

    She goes on to say that we of course need fiber as well, but I was a little confused by the “digestive load” bit. Any truth to that?

    — Jenn DiSanto
    Philadelphia, PA

    I need to start my answer with a disclaimer — I enjoy fresh juices.  Once a week or so, you’ll find me sipping on guzzling down a kale, celery, cucumber, Granny Smith apple, parsley, lemon, and ginger concoction at my favorite local juice bar (which conveniently happens to be two blocks from my gym).  I point this out to make it clear that I do not “scoff” at juicing (as some people in my field sadly do).

    With that out of the way, let me tackle your question.

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    Good Morning, Unnecessary Products!

    productshotBehold CapriSun’s latest venture — CapriSun Sunrise.

    According to its advertisements, this juice drink blend “adds a little sunshine to breakfast” by providing children with calcium and Vitamin C in a “fun-for-them, no-fuss-for-you pouch.”

    Sigh.  This quite possibly deserves the “most unnecessary product award.”

    From a nutrition label and ingredient list standpoint, there is absolutely no difference between CapriSun Sunrise and regular CapriSun.  Water and sugar are the first two ingredients, followed by juice concentrates (more nutrition-void sugar!)  The highly-advertised vitamins and minerals are simply tacked on during processing.

    THIS is supposed to reassure parents that their children are starting off the morning nutritiously?  They might as well serve their children a glass of sugar water a with a chewable multivitamin on the side.

    Apparently, consumers are buying into the notion that certain products are strictly for the morning hours, despite being identical to their “any time of day” counterparts.  Luna Bars’ Sunrise bars (released in 2007) have sold well, and 2006’s Gatorade A.M. has managed to stay afloat in the sports drink arena.

    According to CapriSun, their Sunrise line “makes Mom sense.”  I think it’s NONsense.


    You Ask, I Answer: Liquid Calories

    There’s been quite a lot written about liquid calories in the last couple of years. Specifically, Nutrition Action (published by CSPI) has repeatedly warned that too many calories from milk, juice, and soda can lead to weight gain

    I don’t drink any of these things, but I do enjoy pureed whole foods.

    If I make a smoothie from yogurt and whole fruit, or if I blend my vegetable and bean soup into a smooth puree, does my body read that as liquid or solid calories?

    It’s not clear to me if the problem with liquid calories is that they lack fiber and therefore don’t fill you up, or if being pureed makes the sugars in food hit the bloodstream too quickly.

    Or some other explanation entirely.

    — Rachelle Thibodeau
    Ottawa, Canada

    The type of liquid calories you refer to are different than juice and soda because they contain fiber and, therefore, take longer to digest.

    That said, since smoothies are quickly consumed (more so than soups, which are hot and can take some time to finish), it can be very easy to down an 800 calorie one (i,e: a blend of milk, peanut butter, flax oil, and weight gaining powders) in a matter of minutes.

    I should also note that a homemade smoothie with yogurt and whole fruits is different than many commercial ones made with fruit-flavored syrups or juice concentrates.

    As for your blended soups: a pureed version of a food raises blood sugars more quickly than those same foods in their whole form, but since you are dealing with vegetables and beans, the fiber content is still high — and will be helpful in filling you up quickly.

    I refrain from putting milk in the same category as soda and juice drinks.

    A glass of milk (whether dairy, soy, or nut) contains protein, a variety of nutrients, and some fat (depending on the variety of milk you drink). It is not liquid candy.

    The concern with milk and weight gain has more to do with sugar-laden milk-based concoctions like milkshakes, flavored milks, and yogurt beverages that have as much sugar as a can of soda.


    Shame On You: The Blueprint Cleanse

    After receiving favorable publicity in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and New York Magazine, the New York City based Blueprint Cleanse is increasing in popularity across the United States.

    As you may imagine, I am not a fan.

    Long story short: the founder of The Blueprint Cleanse had “a savage cold” on January 1, 2000, which she recuperated from a week later after following a seven-day juice cleanse.

    Don’t most colds naturally run their course in a week? I digress.

    As happy as she was to have her health back, she thought that particular cleanse was too extreme.

    Well, lucky us — this inspired her to start a nutritional cleanse company “customized to [each client’s] level of nutritional awareness and dietary history.”

    Mix that idea with a cutesy website, trendy advertising, and promises of “normalized weight” and “physical rejuvenation,” and the latest “wellness” nonsense is born.

    Beginners can opt for a 3 day program, while more advanced folks looking to flush their hard-earned dollars down the toilet — oops, I mean, the toxins out of their system — can opt for 5, 7 or 10 day cleanses.

    For $65 a day, the 6 beverages you need to drink each day are delivered to your home or office in the insulated cooler picture at top (as you may notice by looking at that photo, each juice is labeled in suggested order of consumption.)

    Mind you, these are fruit and vegetable blends (as well as one cashew milk drink) that cost no more than $10 a day to make.

    Despite Blueprint’s claim that this is different from other cleanses, we are dealing with the same flawed logic (except this time the intellectual excrement is covered in a glossy shimmer, kind of like an episode of MTV’s The Hills.)

    A few choice examples:

    Can we please finally put to rest the myth that if you don’t eat a lot, you’ll lack energy? Unless one is undergoing a water fast, which, should only be done with a coach, energy levels will skyrocket!

    I suppose. But how about finally putting to rest these inane notions that we need to subsist on nothing but liquefied fruits and vegetables to cleanse our bodies?

    While “we” are at it, can “we” please learn some basic human physiology and realize that the kidneys and pancreas already get rid of “toxins”?

    Disturbingly, The Blueprint Cleanse folks claim it is absolutely possible to exercise while undergoing any of their fasts (3, 5, or 7 days.)

    The energy that is usually spent on digestion is now yours for the taking, so grab it and go for a jog! Remember- you are feeding your cells, not stuffing your belly.

    Newsflash — solids AND liquids go through the digestive system. Just because you are drinking six juices a day does not mean your body takes a break from digestion.

    According to the creators, this cleanse contains nothing but “food that’s packed with enzymes [and] will allow your body to clean.

    Oh, the enzyme argument. Cute. Too bad it’s baseless.

    A three-day Cleanse helps the body rid itself of old built up matter and cleanses the blood. A five-day Cleanse starts the process of rebuilding and healing the immune system. A ten-day Cleanse will take care of problems before they arise and fight off degenerative diseases.

    I would love to know how they came to this conclusion. Not to mention, how exactly does a cleanse “take care of problems before they arise?”

    Am I supposed to believe that, magically, on the tenth day, I have enough power in my immune system to prevent a scratchy throat? If so, for how long?

    Wondering when you should be cleansing? Here it is from the horse’s mouth:

    A good rule of thumb is whenever you experience any of the following: fatigue/general lack of energy, sleeplessness, anxiety/depression, digestive problems, at the first sign of a cold and of course, before and after holidays or any special events that lead to overindulging.

    Yes, because I am sure someone with depression is just itching to give up a hot plate of food and instead subsist on nothing but cold vegetable and fruit juices for a week.

    Okay, okay, I’m being unfair. The Blueprint Cleanse allows you to cheat by sinking your teeth into…. celery sticks.

    You might as well throw two ice cubes onto your plate and have yourself a party!!

    Back to the suggested times of use — I’m very weary of attempting to correct issues of fatigue and lack of energy by going on a liquid diet that barely grazes the 1,000 calorie mark.

    And then there’s the most extreme cleanse – “the excavation cleanse” – which does away with most fruits and instead “focuses on foods that trigger detox and elimination, such as citrus (spicy lemonade), which act as “cleaners” and green vegetable tonics which act as “healers.

    And, clearly, this cleanse goes in the “complete and utter nonsense” category.


    You Ask, I Answer: Isolated Fibers

    I ran across a juice from Bolthouse Farms and was shocked when I saw that it packs in EIGHT grams of soluble fiber in one 8 fl oz serving!

    My eyes went to the ingredient list right away to see just what, if anything, was added to get that impressive number.

    What I found was dextrin, inulin, and xanthan gum all added and listed as “dietary fiber”.

    Are these treated by the body in the same manner as more “raw” food would be when it comes to the benefits the soluble fiber can provide?

    Are they mainly tossed in to get that impressive number and in reality not as effective for the body as soluble fiber from fruits or some other “raw” source?

    Other than that, what are you general thoughts on some Bolthouse Farms drinks?

    I still try to grab something that doesn’t have a bunch of sugar in it when I just feel like something refreshing to drink while watching a movie or something but as juice goes, does Bolthouse seem slightly above the others?

    — Andrew Carney
    Richland, WA

    You have to love those isolated fibers — food manufacturers certainly do!

    After all, how else would you manage to get eight grams of soluble fiber in 8 ounces of a drink that is nothing more than a medley of fiber-free, sugar-loaded juice concentrates?

    Although dextrin, inulin, and xanthan gum are real fibers that exist in nature, I am not a fan of consuming nutrients in isolated form.

    Food science research has demonstrated on several occassions that, for optimal performance, nutrients need to play off each other (and other phytochemicals in food.)

    This is precisely one reason why clinical trials involving vitamin E supplementation show different results than those in which vitamin E is consumed in the diet from food sources.

    Similarly, while oatmeal offers LDL-cholesterol lowering properties thanks to soluble fiber (in particular beta-glucan, which is not in this Bolthouse drink), it also offers manganese, selenium, and magnesium at the tune of 145 calories per cup.

    The drink you are asking about, meanwhile, packs in 350 calories’ worth of concentrated juices and then throws in fiber, vitamins, and minerals to provide a healthier image.

    The fact that one bottle contains 15 grams of soluble fiber is also worrying, as this can result in some very painful bloating for those unaccustomed to taking in such large amounts in one sitting.

    My verdict? You might as well be drinking Kool Aid, stirring in some Metamucil, and popping a Centrum.

    That being said, if you enjoy the drink and can afford the calories, enjoy it… as a sweet treat.

    On that note, one word of caution. When it comes to juice drinks, don’t hunt around for fiber, Omega-3’s, or added buzz-worthy nutrients.

    How come? I find that it is usually the drinks highest in calories and sugars that tack on these nutrients in order to trick consumers into thinking they are doing their health a favor.

    The best thing to look for when it comes to these beverages is a small bottle.


    On The Radio

    This past Friday night, I was a guest on New York City-based personal trainer Jason Alexander’s online radio show, All About Fitness.

    Jason asked me a few general nutrition questions, and then it was on to listener phonecalls.

    We discussed a plethora of topics, from fiber to protein to the Atkins Diet to fruit juice.

    You can listen to — and download — the hour-long show by clicking here.


    For the record, I absolutely love doing radio and television (producers, take note!)


    You Ask, I Answer: Pasteurization

    Is it true that orange juice loses some of its micronutrient value through pasteurization?

    If so, do these nutrients get added back into the juice following pasteurization?

    And lastly, if pasteurization does effect the nutrient content, what does that mean for milk?

    Please help me clear up this confusion.

    — Anonymous
    Via the blog

    Since pasteurization involves heat, some of the Vitamin C in orange juice — roughly fifteen to twenty percent — is lost in that process.

    It’s actually not a big deal, since 8 ounces of pasteurized orange juice still deliver more than a day’s worth of Vitamin C.

    Unlike the Enrichment Act of 1942 (which mandates that nutrients originally found in grain products and lost in the milling process be added back in), there is no such law for fruit juices.  It is up to each manufacturer to determine if they want to enrich or fortify their juice products.

    As you know, though, I am a proponent of opting for a whole fruit over a juice. Not only do you get slightly higher vitamin and mineral values — you also get more fiber!

    As far as milk is concerned, nutrient losses as a result of pasteurization (simply heating it at 161.5 Degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds) are not very significant.

    Since the B vitamins present in milk (riboflavin and niacin) are heat sensitive, there are some small losses.

    Again, though, it’s not cause for concern.  These vitamins are found in a wide variety of foods; it would take a VERY limited diet to be deficient in them.

    I do not think of pasteurization as a process that is majorly depriving us of nutrients.

    Many raw milk enthusiasts will spout off statistics about pasteurized milk offering less absorbable calcium, although I have yet to see any of this information published in any respectable journals.

    The research I have done states that we absorb approximately one third of calcium in milk — raw or pasteurized.

    If high-quality, “junk-free” milk is on your mind, I would be more concerned with getting it from non-hormone-treated, grass-fed cows rather than worry about pasteurization.


    Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: Nana’s Cookies

    Who doesn’t love cookies? Particularly soft, chewy ones saturated with chocolate chips?

    I’m willing to bet you do.

    I also have a feeling, though, that you watch your cookie consumption, since you know they are empty calories.

    Delicious, sure, but nutritionally void.

    What if I told you I had a tasty, chocolate chip vegan cookie made with whole wheat flour and oats?

    Let me tell you more about it.

    It has no refined sugars, white flour, dairy, eggs, cholesterol, hydrogenated oils, or trans fats.

    Its first and second ingredients are whole wheat flour and rolled oats, respectively.


    If you took the bait — read carefully.

    Nana’s Vegan Cookies are available nationwide, and described by their creator as “extremely healthy”.

    I have tried them myself and can vouch for their flavor. They are absolutely delicious. Chewy, moist, flavorful, and better than most conventional cookies.

    When I truly want to indulge in a sweet treat, I pick one up.

    “Indulge? How bad can they be? They don’t have any of the ‘bad stuff’,” you may think.

    Well, a 3.5 ounce cookie (the only available size) delivers:

    • 410 calories
    • 320 milligrams of sodium
    • 22 grams (5 1/2 teaspoons) of sugar (in the form of fruit juices)
    • 3 grams of fiber

    From a caloric, that’s equal to 7 regular Oreo cookies!  In fact, that same amount of Oreo cookies only delivers 0.8 fewer grams of fiber than this cookie.

    I find that people tend to automatically equate vegan, dairy free, fruit-juice sweetened, and whole grain with “healthy”, when that isn’t always the case.

    Remember that fruit juice is, essentially, sugar water, and our body metabolizes it very similarly to sucrose (table sugar).

    My rule of thumb? Cookies are not supposed to be health foods.

    Sure, a cookie without trans fats and composed of whole grains is a slight improvement, but it is still a cookie.

    Therefore, treat it as such. Enjoy it, savor it, but always consider its calories discretionary.


    You Ask, I Answer: "Green" Juices

    I have been drinking beverages from Bolthouse Farms for about 6 months now. They appear to be very nutritious.

    I have only been drinking the Carrot Juice and the Green Goodness so far.

    I think the Green Goodness packs the most nutrients.

    I was wondering if you could offer your opinion on this product.

    — Angelo Iacovella
    Location Unknown

    These beverages encompass a gray area for me.

    On the one hand, a 15.2 fluid ounce bottle of Green Goodness provides 280 calories, a quarter of a day’s potassium (a mineral the average adult in the United States does not consume enough of), 240 percent of your daily vitamin A needs, two days’ worth of vitamin C, and 60 percent of the daily B12 requirement.

    Not bad for a juice!

    However, looking solely at a nutrition label to determine if a food or beverage is “nutritious” can lead to erroneous conclusions.

    You need to also peruse the ingredient list and see where all these numbers are coming from.

    In the case of these beverages, the first few ingredients are fruit purees and concentrates.

    In essence, nutrient-free sugar water.

    Fruit purees and concentrates do not provide the fiber and phytochemicals present in an actual piece of fruit.

    It is not surpring, then, that this fairly large bottle can only cough up four grams of fiber.

    Four grams in and of itself isn’t bad (a single pear provides four grams, while a cup of raspberries clocks in at five grams), but it isn’t all that magnificent when it comes in a 280 calorie package boasting the inclusion of so many fruits (and even vegetables!).

    You can get that same amount from just one actual whole fruit for about 200 less calories.

    Since this juice is made up of concentrates, it also contains 54 grams of sugar.

    Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s derived from fruits.

    Since you don’t have fiber to help stabilize your blood sugar levels, your body is absorbing it like table sugar — at the tune of four and a half tablespoons of it!

    I am not saying you might as well just pop open a can of Coke and call it a day.

    However, I will admit to a love-hate relationship with these products.

    They provide a fair amount of nutrition, but also give consumers false confidence.

    I can imagine people mistankely counting this drink as their “fruit for the day”.

    They’d be better off having an apple in the morning and an orange at night. Less calories, more fiber, and phytochemicals to boot.

    Keep in mind that liquid calories do not satiate as well as those from food, thereby making it easier to consume excess calories.

    I also don’t think it’s necessary to seek out 200 percent of the Vitamin C recommended intake in a single beverage, particularly since it is just manually added (in other words, you’re getting a free crushed vitamin C pill in your drink).

    While definitely not a soda, this beverage is also not a “power food” or special concoction.

    If you can afford the extra calories, go ahead and consider it a treat — but NOT a substitute for the fruits and vegetables you normally eat.


    You Ask, I Answer: Fruit Juice/Sugar

    Thanks for answering my first question on fruit juice and sugar content.

    So if you’re drinking 3 or 4 big glasses of some kind of fruit juice instead of 3 or 4 sodas a day you [are] still taking in empty calories and large amounts of sugar like with the soda, right?

    So if you need something to drink while surfing the Internet or just watching TV fruit juice wouldn’t be the best improvement over soda.

    What about PowerAid or something like that, would it be better than both soda and bottled fruit juice? Or should we really only be reaching for a water bottle to actually get any kind of improvement?

    — Andrew Carney
    Spokane, WA

    Yes, four glasses of conventional fruit juice are pretty much equal to 3 or 4 sodas.

    I say “pretty much” and not “exactly equal to” because although calorie content is not too difference, fruit juice does not contain phosphoric acid, (which can leech calcium from your bones) and in many occasions does provide naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals not present in soda.

    That being said, consider that four cups (a cup being eight ounces) of juice a day can add as much as 640 calories to your day!

    That’s a LOT of extra calories a day — more than a Big Mac!

    Replacing soda with juice isn’t the best swap. PowerAid, meanwhile, is still basically empty calories.

    This is not to say you should never have juice.

    I don’t know how large your glasses are, but let’s assume each glass you pour is about 8 ounces. I would have no more than 2 a day (keep in mind, that is still 320 calories); ideally, one.

    What can you do instead? Water is one solution, but there are other more flavorful alternatives, if that is what you seek:

    Canada Dry flavored seltzer water

    Hint Water

    Sugar-free (by this I don’t mean “full of artificial sweeteners”, I mean “without any sweetener”) or low-sugar teas like Teany, Teas’ Tea, or Honest Tea.


    In The News: Exotically Expensive

    The Center for Science in the Public Interests’ Nutrition Action newsletter is one of my favorite publications.

    I received the January/February issue in the mail yesterday and wanted to share a “right on!” tidbit on exotic juices from a larger feature article on health claims and juice.

    The article begins by asking, want to make a million dollars?”

    It then instructs readers to “find an exotic fruit,” “turn it into juice,” attribute extraordinary healing powers” to it, and then “get Whole Foods to carry it and charge what the market will bear.

    This last point is expanded upon even further.

    “Don’t be shy. Start with four or five times what regular juices go for,” they advise.

    The article makes the excellent point that the antioxidants and phytochemicals billed so highly in these juices can be found in those of more conventional (and less expensive!) fruits’.

    Yes, I am aware that acai juice contains the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit.

    That alone, however, is not necessarily a testament to it being “healthier” or “better”.

    CSPI took a look at the research backing up these products and found that with both acai and goji berry juice, “not a single study published has looked at whether people who drink it are any healthier than people who don’t.

    As far as pomegranate juice is concerned, they refer to a preliminary study done by the University of California in Los Angeles in which 46 men consumed 8 ounces of pomegranate juice for three years.

    End result? 38 of them had their PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels — rising levels “can indicate a growing tumor” — slowed down.

    However, the folks at CSPI are quick to point out that “the study didn’t include a placebo group.” Oops!

    The article does not mention noni juice, another supposedly miraculous beverage that supposedly helps with everything from impotence to arthritis to Alzheimer’s, if you believe the press releases.

    No need to fork over $40 for a 32 ounce bottle, though, since no studies have shown any health benefits from drinking noni juice.

    Besides, I remember trying noni juice several years back and thinking I had accidentally poured myself a glass of red wine vinegar. It’s absolutely repulsive.

    If it is health benefits you seek, you’re better off biting into a real piece of fruit (anything from a peach to a blueberry to a kiwi or even a handful of goji berries — your choice!) than downing most store-bought juices.

    No matter how exotic, many contain added sugars.

    And, while some foods are certainly healthier than others (and offer unique combinations of key nutrients), I don’t believe in the concept of “miracle” foods.


    You Ask, I Answer: Sugar/Fruit Juices

    I was recently drinking some of Welch’s “100% White Grape Juice” (from concentrate unfortunately) and it boldly states “No Sugar Added” on the bottle.

    The nutrition facts label on the back states that there are 50g of sugar in the 10oz bottle!

    They mention that it’s all natural fruit sugars but I was wondering, does your body react to the sugar in this bottle of grape juice the same way it would in, say, a tall (12oz) Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (44g sugar)?

    Is the sugar in my “healthy” grape juice having the same effect on my body as the sugar in the Starbucks “treat”?

    — Andrew Carney
    Spokane, WA

    Our bodies react the same way to fructose (the sugar in fruit) and sucrose (“table sugar”).

    Why, then, you might be wondering, is a Starbucks frappuccino with whipped cream “bad” while a banana is “good”?

    It really has to do with what those two options offer besides sugar.

    In the frappuccino case, you are getting quite a bit of saturated fat from the whipped cream (half a day’s worth!) as well as a pretty significant amount of empty calories (324, to be exact).

    The banana — or any whole fruit for that matter — provides fiber (which helps keep blood sugar levels steady), phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals (one of them being potassium, which the typical US diet is rather low in).

    It goes without saying that the Starbucks concoction offers a significantly higher amount of sugar than a fruit.

    Fruit juices are tricky because the “no sugar added” marketing is very misleading.

    As you know, fruits contain naturally-occurring fructose.

    A juice made with juice concentrate (basically the result of fruit sugar being boiled down to a thicker consistency) doesn’t have additional sucrose (table sugar), hence the “valid” claim that your grape juice has “no added sugar”.

    However, unlike with an actual piece of fruit, you aren’t taking in fiber.

    This means that a cup of juice raises your blood sugar at a faster level than a piece of fruit and doesn’t provide as many health benefits.

    One way to get around that is by having your juice with a good source of fiber like almonds, whole grain crackers, whole wheat bread, or a food bar like Clif Nectar or Lara.

    Keep in mind, though, that this results in you taking in more calories than if you just ate an actual fruit.

    A cup of Welch’s No Sugar Added grape juice and one ounce of almonds (about 21 of them) adds up to 324 calories and 3.3 grams of fiber.

    A medium sized apple gives you that EXACT amount of fiber in a 78 calorie package.

    This is why the term “all natural” should not be perceived as a synonym for “healthy or “nutritious”.

    As far I’m concerned, fruit juice is much closer to the “soda” end of the beverage spectrum than the “glass of water” end.


    Numbers Game: Answer

    A single-serve pouch of Capri Sun juice contains 7 teaspoons of added sugar.

    It, like all other children’s juice drinks, is sugar water (with vitamins thrown in as a desperate attempt to “healthify” it).

    That said, the folks at the advertising department sure try their hardest to spin the lunchbox-ready drink as a wholesome beverage.

    According to the company’s website, “[Capri Sun] an excellent source of protective Antioxidant Vitamins C and E to help support a healthy immune system. And with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives—CAPRI SUN is better than ever.

    While the presence of vitamins C and E is real, this does not mean Capri Sun should automically be considered healthy or nutritious.

    These two nutrients are not naturally occurring in any of the ingredients; rather, they are synthetically added, in the same way that they can be sprinkled onto bacon or ice cream, if necessary.

    It is possible to fulfill all the criteria highlighted by that press-kit-friendly ready description of CapriSun and still be empty calories in the form of sugar water.

    Capri Sun also offers four flavors in its “100% juice” line. Color me confused.

    The ingredients of those juices — just like the conventional flavors — are juice concentrates.

    In other words, take fruit juice and boil it down to a sweet, almost syrup-like concoction.

    That means no fiber and very low remaining amounts of phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals.

    The best way to get all the health benefits of a fruit is to eat a piece of an actual one or to use an expensive juicer like Vitamix, which uses every part of the fruit to make the drink.

    From a nutrition standpoint, Capri Sun and the overwhelming majority of its competitors are nothing more than fruit-flavored, flat Coke.


    Numbers Game: Does the Island of Capri Export Sugar?

    A single-serve pouch of Capri Sun juice contains _____ teaspoons of added sugar.

    a) 2
    b) 3.5

    c) 5

    d) 7

    Leave your guess in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.


    Numbers Game: Does the Island of Capri Export Sugar?

    A single-serve pouch of Capri Sun juice contains _____ teaspoons of added sugar.

    a) 2
    b) 3.5

    c) 5

    d) 7

    Leave your guess in the comments section and come back on Friday for the answer.

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