Drinking Problems: Why Juice Isn’t Always Better

We’ve known for a while that sodas should be regarded as a treat and not as your usual drink. Reaching for a glass of water versus a can of soda has far better health implications. However, many people have started drinking juice instead of soda, and while that may sound like a good choice, a new study from the University of Glasgow in the UK warns that juice may not be a good choice after all.

When we think about juice, we think about natural ingredients and potentially even health benefits; after all, juice contains vitamins and some juices claim to count toward your daily recommended portions of fruits and vegetables. This perception comes from the convenient labels on the front of juice containers that claim their nutritional value. However, many times juices fail to disclose how much sugar they contain.

In fact, the study from University of Glasgow found that individuals who drank 500 ml of grape juice every day for three months saw an increase in insulin resistance and waist circumference in individuals who were already classified as overweight. And even though fruit juice has more nutritional value than a soda, researchers were quick to point out that fruit or vegetable juice lack the “beneficial substances” found in the actual fruit or vegetables, like fiber. Dr. Gill, a member of the study, said “that drinking fruit juice is not significantly different than drinking other sugar drinks.”

So if you’re interested in the healthy choice, grab a glass fo water and have an apple along with it. Typically, an apple only has 50 calories, compared to 105 calored in 250 ml of soda or 110 calories in 250 ml of apple juice.