The Shocking Facts about Fruit Juice: Soda's Evil Twin (Infographic)
Our resident nutrition expert Jenni has written before about how juice isn't always as healthy as you think it is: It has fewer vitamins and nutrients than whole fruit, it's packed with sugar, and adding even just a few cups a day to your children's diets can drastically increase their calorie intake (and contribute to obesity).
We aren't the only ones picking up on this health issue, though: Discovery posted this infographic from HealthScience.net that illustrates just how hard juicemakers are working to get kids on board with these supposedly good-for-you drinks. In 2010, more than half of the "sugary beverages" -- fruit juice, soda, ice tea, sports and energy drinks, and flavored water -- on the market were labeled as fruit juice, and 1/3 of those ended up in the hands and bellies of kids.
The graphic breaks down some pretty shocking nutrition numbers, too: See how the calories in eight ounces of cranberry juice compare to those in Coca-Cola and fried chicken, and how the sugar in a Snapple Apple juice stacks up again Coca-Cola and Krispy Kreme donuts.
Click on the image to see the full graphic and then tell us in the comments: Do you monitor how much juice your kids drink?
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