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10 Fruit Juices to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

One glass is just as bad as a candy bar. Big yikes.

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 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. Not only can these drinks contribute to belly fat, but they can cause you to actually crave more sugar.

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 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.

3

Tropicana Raspberry Limeade

tropicana rasberry lemonade

Per serving: 110 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (24 g sugar), 0 g protein

Tropicana's Raspberry Limeade might seem like a light and refreshing juice option, giving you a mix of sweet and tart flavors but knowing that each glass is packed with 24 grams of sugar, with 23 grams of the sweet stuff being added? No thanks.

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4

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

5

Langers Pineapple Orange Guava

langers pineapple orange guava

Per serving: 120 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (27 g sugar), 0 g protein

While there isn't any high fructose corn syrup here, there is still far too much sugar. It's another "juice cocktail," so that tells you all you need to know—skip!

6

Minute Maid Peach Punch

minute maid peach punch

Per serving: 120 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 31 g carbs (30 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.

7

Welch's Fruit Punch

welchs fruit punch
Courtesy of Welch's
Per serving: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 25 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (23 g sugar), 0 g protein

This juice is offering up some vitamin C, but that doesn't counteract the fact that it's mostly made of filtered water and high fructose corn syrup…

8

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.

9

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

See a beverage described 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.

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, 54 g sugar), 2 g protein

This smoothie juice from Naked might not have any sugar added, but 54 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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