Is Fruit Juice Good or Bad for You?

Fruit juices are marketed as “healthy drinks.”  Is this actually true?

Many store-bought juices add sugar, even when they are labelled “100% juice” or “100% natural.”  As a result, some commercial fruit juices contain more sugar than a soft drink.  Even worse, the juicing process can remove both the fiber and flavor of the original fruit.

The American Journal of Public Health found that “sucrose consumption without the corresponding fiber, as is commonly present in fruit juice, is associated with the metabolic syndrome, liver injury, and obesity.”  The Journal recommends that parents:

  1. Eliminate fruit juice for infants younger than 12 months, and
  2. Limit juice consumption to less than four ounces a day for children older than one year.

For those who can watch their sugar consumption, fruit juice does contain healthy vitamins and minerals.  Reader’s Digest sums up some of the benefits:

  • Orange juice: prevents inflammation
  • Lemonade: thwarts kidney stones
  • Grape juice: boosts brain function
  • Cranberry juice: Keeps your urinary tract healthy
  • Vegetable juice: slashes cancer risk
  • Prune juice: helps with digestion
  • Pomegranate juice: packed with disease-fighting antioxidants

“Healthy juices pack some powerful health perks,” the Digest says.  “Just don’t guzzle them down by the gallon.”

Other alternatives?  Eat the original fruit.  Or make your own juice.

When you do buy fruit juice, rest assured that Agilent is helping ensure its quality and safety.

Food laboratories use Agilent equipment to analyze the flavors and aromas in juice.  Agilent has also developed methods for detecting and quantifying organic acids (a verification of purity), fungicides, arsenic, carbohydrates and preservatives in juice.


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