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:
- Eliminate fruit juice for infants younger than 12 months, and
- 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.
For more information go to:
- Fruit Juice is Just as Unhealthy as a Sugary Drink (Healthline)
- Reducing Childhood Obesity by Eliminating 100% Fruit Juice
- 7 Fruit Juices That Are Healthier Than You Thought (Reader’s Digest)
- Analysis of flavors in apple juice (application note, PDF)
- Flavors and aromas: Analysis of apple juice (application note, PDF)
- Fast Analysis of Fruit Juice Acids with an Agilent Poroshell 120 SB-Aq Column (application note, PDF)
- LC/MS/MS of Fungicides and Metabolites in Orange Juice with Agilent Bond Elut Plexa and Poroshell 120 (application note, PDF)
- Arsenic speciation analysis in apple juice using HPLC-ICP-MS with the Agilent 8800 ICP-QQQ (application note, PDF)
- Characterization of carbohydrates in commercial fruit juices using the Agilent 1200 Series evaporative light scattering detector (application note, PDF)
- Analysis of ascorbic acid, citric acid and benzoic acid in orange juice (application note, PDF)
- Agilent Food Testing & Agriculture Solutions