Posted by: Nicci | 2008/09/29

fruit juice

Hi Diet Doc I got this diet from shape magazine and it says I should NOT drink fruit juice , even if its 100% fruit juice .It advices to drink water instead . I thought fruit juice is healthy cause it doesnt contain any sugar ?? I have been on a healthy diet for two weeks now and I have been drinking friut juice everyday during lunch (330ml) .should I CUT it out of my diet completely or should I drink ONLY 1 glass 3 times a week maybe ??please advice .

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Dear Nicci
Fruit juice is indeed healthy, but it contains a lot of sugars (fructose, glucose, etc, derived from fruits). Fruit juice also has a relatively high energy content, for example pear juice 195 kJ/100 ml or apple juice 222 kJ/100 ml, so drinking 330 ml = 644 or 733 kJ which represent 10,2 or 11,6% of your daily energy intake if you are on a 6300 kJ weight reduction diet, which is quite high. Try diluting the fruit juice 50% with ice cubes, water or soda water to reduce the energy content or drink a smaller portion or only have it 3 times a week as you suggest.
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