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Jan 26, 2008 10:47 AM

the sugar content of chilled orange juice

such as Tropicana or Simply Orange. there is a lot of sugar. is that natural sugar from the orange. or is sugar added??

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  1. You made me wonder so I checked the bottle of Simply Orange in my fridge. It says 100% orange juice. So nothing added. BUT. An 8 oz serving has 22 grams of sugars.
    Coincidentally, I also have a bottle of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Syrup. A 2 Tablespoon serving also has 22 grams of sugars (from sugar, HFCS, and corn syrup.)
    Now, the natural sugar from oranges is better for you than the other stuff but basically (diabetes and things aside) sugar is sugar. Seems like if you drink a lot of juice, you consume a lot of sugar. More quickly than if you ate the 2 or 3 oranges needed to make that same amount of juice.

    1. Did you look at the label?

      1. Any juice is going to be high in sugar, simply because the fruit contains sugar. It's what makes the juice sweet and palatable. Always consume juice in moderation, natural, organic, or whatever.

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        1. re: spellweaver16

          Yep, it's healthier to eat the orange than drink the juice, I've always heard. Same is true for apples, grapes, etc.

          1. re: Val

            It is INSANELY, outrageously healthier to eat whole fruit than to drink juice, unless the juice is actually a puree comprising 100% of the fruit, as with tomato juice (and yes tomato is a "fruit"). Orange juice is very high in sugar and has very few of the beneficial phytochemicals in orange pulp and pith.

        2. Orange juice is * extremely * sweet all by itself. I'd bet that mainsteam apple juice is also very high, but there is a reason that orange juice is the first "home remedy" for someone going into insulin shock needing a fast source of glucose, as well as fructose and other sugars..

          But yes your basic thought is right and one reason why nutritionist types are wary of wholeheartedly endorsing fruit juices - especially orange and apple - as "healthy without qualification" - especially with little kids. (Apple juice especially became a prime offender there for a while, but orange and other very sweet juices too.) Consider that Pepsi "only" has 28g of sugar per cup. While one can argue about the relative health of the sugar (about which I'm a skeptic), it's still just a lot of sugar. Even if you are getting vitamins and other good stuff along with it, instead of just flavoring and phosphoric acid...

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          1. re: MikeG

            That's one of the huge fallacies in replacing soft drink machines with juice machines in schools. One cup of Pepsi = 28g of sugar while 1cup of OJ = 22g of sugar. Those cans are usually 12 oz, a cup and a half. How much does that really help childhood obesity and diabetes? Even if the kids get the vitamins, etc., from the juice, that's a lot of calories and sugar.

            My brother commented recently about how we weren't allowed to eat or drink in my father's car and would often go on trips to visit relatives or around town on errands with no snacks - for an entire hour or two. Imagine! We didn't starve or die of thirst. Now every car in the US has 12 cup holders for all the juice and soft drinks.

          2. Orange juice is naturally full of sugar; that's why people like it, as with other fruit juices. The thing about orange juice is that it is also acidic, which acts as a counterpoint to its sweetness.

            Fruit juices that are significantly lower in sugar are not usually considered worth imbibing for pleasure. Lemon and lime juice, for example. Most natural fruit juices have even MORE sugar than orange juice

            It matters not a bit whether it's chilled or not.

            If they added yet sugar, it would have to be included in the ingredients.