Lovers of bottled fruit juices may have to rethink their infatuation. A new report from researchers at the University of Glasgow in the U.K. equated your glass of fruit juice to your can of sodaâ€”just with a few more vitamins. And your perception of how healthy juice actually is can be way off as well. When researchers polled more than 2,000 adults, people underestimated the sugar content in juice by a whopping 48 percent.â€¨â€¨
Weâ€™re not saying itâ€™s time to ignore the juice aisle. While some varieties can be sugar bombs, others are still a healthy option for men, says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D. and a certified personal trainer. â€œEspecially after a workout, the natural sugars from juice can help restore calories to jumpstart recovery and provide a boost of hydration,â€ she says.
If youâ€™re trying to cut extra sugar from your life, keep in mind an 8-oz serving of soda contains about 26 to 31 grams (g) of sugar. If your â€œhealthyâ€ juice tops that, then be suspicious. Follow this guide to make smart juice picks at the grocery store.