Don’t Forget to Read the Label!

Fruit juices at my local Albertson’s

I was reminded of this phrase as I walked through the produce department of my local supermarket. Across from the stalls of fruit and vege’s was an assortment of fruit juices. As you can see, the display was colorful and appealing.

I took a look at one brand of juice, which was advertised as containing several different types of fruits, with no added sugar:

But then I turned the container over and looked at the nutritional content. What I saw there gave me pause.

One bottle (appx. one pint) of this juice contains 49 grams of sugar. That’s a lot of sugar! It also contains 55 grams of carbohydrate, with a total of 250 calories. Meanwhile, there’s a negligible amount of fiber and protein, and no vitamins.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to consume that many calories without getting a lot more nutritional value. This is why I’ve written more than once that it’s important to study the nutritional information for processed food at the grocery store.

By the way, I ended up purchasing some fresh greens and a couple of apples. Much less sugar, much more fiber. A good deal all around!

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