Fruit Juice – Alternative Health Drink or Sugar Bomb?

Is Juice A Good Alternative Health Drink?
Is Juice A Good Alternative Health Drink? (photo: Patrick Geltinger)

In the alternative health world, many people consider fruit juice a healthy drink.

The most common comparison is fruit juice to soda pop. Seems like fruit juice should be much healthier. But is it?

You can’t fault the idea. At least on the face of it, anything more natural should be healthier. But there is a flaw in this thinking. The flaw is ignoring the sugar content of juice.

For example, if you made a glass of fresh orange juice, it would require several oranges. Depending on the size and juice content it could range from 4 to 10 oranges. Let’s say 6 for this example.

Now imagine eating 6 oranges at one sitting. You wouldn’t do that. But drinking that same glass of orange juice has the sugar from all 6 oranges.

That’s 26 grams of sugar in an eight ounce glass. As a point of reference, soda pop has… yep, 26 grams of sugar in an eight ounce glass. There is no difference at all.

Alternative Health Drink = Soda Pop

What problems are associated with this much sugar intake? Here’s a list of the biggest ones:

  • Obesity
  • Gout
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Metabolic Syndrome X
  • Adolescent Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2
  • Diabetes: Kidney Function
  • Dyslipidemias
  • Fluorosis
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Kidney Damage
  • Kidney Diseases
  • Kidney Failure
  • Overweight
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis


Also remember that many commercial fruit juices have added sugar. And they also have other additives. These include sodium benzoate, food coloring, added flavoring, HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and GMO ingredients.

In other words, anything you think about soda pop can be said about fruit juice.

So, for those people who have an alternative health mindset, it turns out that the very best choice of drink is pure water. You can’t go wrong with the basics.

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