Think Behind The Box – Fruit Juice

There are fools who down soda cans by the dozen and then there are idiots who gulp fruit juice by the gallon. This post is for the idiots.

So you sit down for breakfast with a friend and decide you want to eat your omelet and toast with grape juice (healthy option in most restaurants). I mean come on it’s grapes! No one got fat eating grapes! This has got to be good for you… worst case… this can’t be bad for you. Good food, great company and awesome juice on the side.Β  So you get a refill of the grape juice.

OK enough story telling. Here are the nutrition facts.

Serving Size 8 FL OZ
Calories – 170
Total Fat – 0g
Sodium – 20mg
Total Carb – 42g
Sugars – 40g
Protein – 0g
Vitamin C – 100%

(Note: All the sugar is from the fruit itself. This juice contains no added sugars.)

FYI… this is for 8 FL OZ which is 240 ml and I can guarantee you none of your juice glasses or restaurant juice glasses are 240 ml. They are AT LEAST 330 ml. Let’s do the math.

You just downed 660 ml of grape juice which has 460 calories with 110 grams of sugar. This is just from the BEVERAGE which is a PART of your FIRST MEAL of the day and you were wondering why I called you an idiot! If this isn’t enough praising for you… you will be elevated from the idiot level to the retard level if you stock your refrigerator withΒ  juice cartons!

So what about orange juice? Loaded with ~ 25-30 grams of sugar per 240 ml. You’ll end up inhaling 80-90 grams of sugar in a couple of glasses.

Apple juice? Same shit.

Cranberry juice? Ditto.

Vitamin Water? Demands it’s own blog post but The Dark-side of Vitamin Water should give you some idea.

Diet Soda? Read this.

Sparkling water? Fruit infused water? Flavored water? Let me make this easy. If you have to look into the ingredients/nutrition facts section… then more often than not you’re drinking some form of crap.

Drink your water and eat your food! Liquid food is in general more readily available as glucose to your body and liquid sugar results in insanely crazy insulin spikes. The more frequent these crazy insulin spikes the fatter you get and the higher your risks of getting type II diabetes. Read about type II diabetes here and about carb loading & insulin spikes here.

Think about it for a second. Your two glasses of grape juice equals ~ 8 cups of fresh grapes. If you were to eat grapes as a side with breakfast would you ever eat 8 cups?? In one sitting? Or apples for example. The two glasses of apple juice actually contains ~ 4 apples. When was the last time you ate 4 apples as a side for breakfast??

Fruit in limited quantities is awesome… yes. But fruit juice is just a glass filled with diabetes. 100% natural diabetes of course.


19 responses to “Think Behind The Box – Fruit Juice

  1. shilpa August 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Raj, What about fresh fruit juice without sugar? say a sweet lime or water melon?

    • RG August 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

      Whatever be the juice it is the amount of fruit that has been squeezed is what matters. If you make apple juice with one apple you’d probably end up with 1/3rd a cup of juice. So to get enough juice you need to squeeze too much fruit.

      Lime juice in general is OK since most folks use the lime juice as just a flavor. The sugar that goes with it is not good.

      Watermelon… may or may not be OK depending on the amount of the amount of fruit that is in the juice. If you squeeze a whole melon into a couple of glasses… thats definitely a load of sugar.

      As a matter of fact, the grape juice mentioned in the blog post contains no added sugars. All the sugar is from the fruit. I should have made this clearer. Will do it now.

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  3. Arun September 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Drinking 2 cups of grape juice = eating 8 cups of grapes, not sure how many ppl wud have thought abt this. The best thing I like abt ur blog is writing it in layman’s a.k.a fat man’s language πŸ™‚

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  6. Murali January 29, 2011 at 1:08 am

    hi raj,
    what about tender coconut water (yelaneer)?

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  9. Divya February 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome post. LOVE the last sentence πŸ™‚ Funny how I see most runners here chugging down “health drinks” after a run. Even more funny how a couple of glasses of OJ is what dieters turn to. The funniest – the portion sizes here, which I still haven’t come to terms with btw!

  10. kaysramblings February 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Loved the prosaic, matter of fact way of writing (quite lyrical in its own way) πŸ™‚
    Many people assume that just because companies (through their advertisements) tout juice as healthy, it actually is. In fact, it is quite an eye-opener to see the sugars table for various fruit. While a serving of fruit a day – an apple, maybe a handful of grapes, 1/2 a banana (or even one) are good, going overboard on anything even fruit is dangerous.

  11. nmaha February 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I have a great flavoured water option for summer, as an alternative to juice.
    Fill a pitcher with ice cold water, add in a few wedges of watermelon, a few slices of cucumber and a sprig of mint (ice cubes optional). My favourite summer drink.

  12. Vinu February 18, 2012 at 6:34 am

    And Raj, when making juice, the fruit loses its fiber content, which again is not so good. Whats your take on vegetable juice?

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