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The Sugariest Juices on Grocery Store Shelves

One glass is just as bad as a candy bar. Big yikes.
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By now, it's should be obvious just how bad sipping on soda every day is for your health. You might think stocking up on different juices is a much healthier alternative. While that is, in theory, it's important that you do your research. You don't want to fall victim to those seemingly healthy juices that are actually, well, terrible for you. That's right, there are plenty of troublesome drinks out there.

So to help you make the best choice when you're food shopping, we rounded up the worst juice options on grocery store shelves. These juices might appear to be good for you, but taking a closer look, you'll see they're nothing but sugar bombs. Anything that is loaded up with added sugar is never considered a "healthy" food, as consuming too much added sugar can cause many harmful side effects, including actually craving more sugar and even contributing to belly fat.

Check out our list of the 10 sugariest, worst juices, and then, try out these 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time to really keep on track.

1

SoBe Elixir Offshore Breeze

sobe elixir

Per bottle: 250 calories, 0 g fat , 15 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (63 g sugar), 0 g protein

This cranberry and grapefruit flavored beverage is a prime example of how you don't want to be fooled into thinking what you're sipping on counts as actual juice. While it does serve up some vitamin C, one bottle of this "fruit-flavored elixir" will have you guzzling down 63 grams of added sugar. Keep in mind The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 25 grams.

2

Simply Mixed Berry Juice Drink

simply mixed berry

Per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (25 g sugar), 0 g protein

If you see something labeled as a "juice drink," alarms should be going off in your mind. Taking a look at this mixed berry flavored beverage from Simply Orange and just one serving has 25 grams of sugar, with 23 grams being added sugar.

3

Odwalla Pomegranate Limeade

odwalla pomegranate limeade

Per serving: 120 calories, 0 g fat, 20 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (28 g sugar), 0 g protein

Odwalla's Pomegranate Limeade might seem like a light and refreshing juice option, but knowing that each glass is packed with 28 grams of sugar, with 24 grams of the sweet stuff being added? No thanks.

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4

Tropicana Essentials Pineapple Mango Probiotics

tropicana probiotics

Per serving: 140 calories, 0 g fat, 10 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (29 g sugar), <1 g protein

Yes, probiotics are great for your gut health and are found in other foods besides yogurt. They're often added to foods that don't naturally have them, like juices. But that doesn't mean you should be downing these regularly! See, this pineapple mango example from Tropicana is packing nearly 30 grams of sugar. And there is research that finds sugar actually prevents good gut bacteria from developing, so these drinks might be as helpful as you may think.

5

Welch's 100% Concord Grape Juice

welchs grape juice

Per serving: 140 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (36 g sugar), 1 g protein

We know what you're thinking—the sugar here is natural, so it's not so bad, right? Well, there isn't much fiber in this juice, and even if you go for the Welch's With Fiber option, you're only getting three grams of added fiber. That's not enough to just cancel out all of that sugar.

6

Ocean Spray White Cran Peach

white cran peach ocean spray

Per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 40 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (26 g sugar), 0 g protein

You will get some vitamin C from a glass of this juice, but you're also sipping on 24 grams of added sugar. That's more than you would get if you ate an entire Butterfinger bar

7

Minute Maid Peach Punch

minute maid peach punch

Per serving: 120 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (31 g sugar), 0 g protein

This peach-flavored Minute Maid punch has the dreaded high fructose corn syrup listed on its ingredients list. So you know that's getting an automatic "skip it and keep walking" from us.

8

Simply Cranberry Cocktail

simply cranberry cocktail

Per serving: 130 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 34 g carbs (34 g sugar), 0 g protein

If you see "cocktail" on a juice label, know that's another word that should be a red flag. As you most likely already guessed, that means this juice is loaded up with sugar, and 29 of the 34 grams here are added. That's almost as much sugar as you would get if you ate three Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts.

9

Tropicana Watermelon

tropicana watermelon

Per serving: 80 calories, 0 g fat, 20 mg sodium, 19 g carbs (19 g sugar), 0 g protein

Tropicana strikes again, with its watermelon drink that has water and sugar listed as the first two ingredients. It's supposed to served up a "refreshing taste of summer in every glass"—it's safe to say the 17 grams of added sugar are anything but sweet.

10

Naked Piña Colada

naked pina colada
Courtesy of Naked Juice
Per bottle: 310 calories, 3.5 g fat, (3 g saturated fat) 0 mg sodium, 66 g carbs (7 g fiber, 36 g sugar), 2 g protein

This smoothie juice from Naked might not have any sugar added, but 36 grams is still a lot to have in one drink. It does offer up 7 grams of fiber, but it also will cost you 310 calories. That's quite a bit from a drink, as you're most likely sipping this along with your breakfast. If you really can't resist, be sure to make this juice last a few days and not down it all in one sitting. We know, a challenge! But it'll be worth it.

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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