Food Fact vs Food Fiction

With so much contradictory information about food it's almost impossible to make smart choices - that's why we've come to the rescue

Posted: 3 May 2011
by Joel Weber with Mike Zimmerman

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Is a glass of fruit juice the nutritional equivalent of a piece of fruit?

Not even close. Most prepared fruit juices contain not only natural sugar but also huge amounts of added sugar to cut the tartness of the drink (try straight unsweetened cranberry juice sometime to see what we mean).

Plus, even juices labelled 100 per cent pure aren't necessarily made exclusively from the advertised juice. So-called 'superfoods' such as pomegranate and blueberry may get top billing even though the ingredient list may reveal that pear, apple and grape juices - cheaper to produce and very sweet - are among the first four ingredients.

To avoid a sugar surge, pick single-fruit juices, pour half a glass, and fill the rest with water, still or sparkling. Even better, stick with whole fruit.

A medium orange has just 62 calories, 12 grams of sugar and three grams of belly-filling fibre, compared with the 110 calories, 24 grams of sugar and zero fibre found in a 230ml glass of orange juice.

Picture credit: Anna Yu/ Getty Images

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