WTF Is Drank? The Unhealthiest Juices In America

7 June 2010 at 11:41 am (Beauty, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Life, Product Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So I was on Facebook this morning and came across an article link that I found interesting. I found this interesting because the content was about juice. I love juice. ALL KINDS OF JUICE! It made me pretty upset because some of the juices I love were mentioned. The upside to this article is that they DO provide healthy alternatives (though not all are readily available in Canada – poo!).  Now, don’t get me wrong. I know unless the juice is 100% FRUIT juice that it’ll be packed with sugar but I don’t read labels and therefore what I don’t know won’t hurt me. I know now. Now I’m hurt. So it’s my mission today to hurt other juice lovers, too! lol …. Let’s all be pissed off together, shall we!

We’ve scoured restaurant menus and supermarket aisles to uncover the best and worst drinks in America. Below, we reveal the six worst juices at the supermarket, and for each one we’ve provide a healthier alternative.

Think of your all-time favorite rock song: Hey Jude, London Calling, Smells Like Teen Spirit, whatever. Now imagine that the next time you crank it up, all the guitar riffs will be replaced by violins. Kinda weak, right?

Well that’s akin to what happens when you turn a fruit into fruit juice: You still have the flavor, but you don’t have the grit, the substance, the power. Even the very best fruit juice isn’t as nutritious as the fruit it originally came from, because the fiber that makes a piece of fruit so filling has been stripped away: Instead of filling your belly like an apple or an orange, juice just passes through your gastrointestinal tract like a little stream of sugar. It’s like listening to “Hey Jude” without the “Na-na-na na” part at the end. The sweet melody is intact, but the soul is lost. So as a rule, always choose the original version (that would be the fruit) over the Muzak version (that would be the juice).

That doesn’t mean juice is a terrible choice—after all, it’s still a great way to get your daily quota of vitamins and minerals. Problem is, a lot of what food marketers try to sell us as “juice” is about as healthy for you as, well, being chased down a highway in a white Ford Bronco. Manufacturers have found that mixing a lot of water and sugar with a tiny bit of fruit flavoring and calling it “juice” is a great way to get health-conscious consumers to pony up the bucks for the liquid equivalent of Skittles.

To put together our new book, Drink This, Not That!, we scoured restaurant menus and supermarket aisles to uncover the best and worst drinks in America. Below, we reveal the six worst juices at the supermarket, and for each one we’ve provide a healthier alternative. Or, as the Beatles might say, we took a bad juice, and made it better. Just call it “Hey Juice!”

Ocean Spray Cran-Apple (8 fl oz)
130 calories
0 g fat
32 g sugars

Ocean Spray makes a whole line of cranberry juice blends, but there’s only one thing you need to know: They’re all polluted with unruly loads of added sugar. The first two ingredients here are water and sugar, the hallmark of an inferior bottle. In fact, the best juices in this line have only 27 percent juice. This one? A paltry 15 percent. Go with Ocean Spray’s Cranenergy line instead. Compared to Cran-Apple it delivers slightly more real juice, a far weightier package of vitamins, and just over a fourth as many calories. (You’re far better off eating your vitamins than drinking them. Here are 40 foods with scientifically proven superpowers.)

Drink This, Instead!
Ocean Spray Cranergy Raspberry Cranberry (8 fl oz)
35 calories
0 g fat
9 g sugars

Welch’s Mountain Berry (8 fl oz)
140 calories
0 g fat
33 g sugars

The flowering bouquet of fruit on the outside of this carton makes it appear to be just one step down from a smoothie, but in truth, it’s just one step up from Sunny Delight. Regardless of what Welch’s wants you to think, this juice is made with only 25 percent real fruit, and with this many calories in each cup, you should expect nothing less than 100 percent. Go with Bolthouse Farms 50/50 Berry blend and you’ll trade out the sucrose for an antioxidant- and flavor-rich blend of purple carrots, blackberries, pomegranates, and blueberries.

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Bolthouse Farms 50/50 Berry (8 fl oz)
120 calories
0 g fat
28 g sugars

Minute Maid Lemonade (20 fl oz bottle)
250 calories
0 g fat
67.5 g sugars

In 99 percent cases, lemonade contains between 10 and 15 percent lemon juice, meaning that 85 to 90 percent of the calories are added as table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. The reason we pinned Minute Maid as the worst lemonade is that with this bottle, they’ve dropped the lemon juice concentration down to 3 percent, and at the same time, jacked the sugar level up to soda-like proportions. In fact, this bottle has more sugar than a same-sized bottle of Coca-Cola, not to mention a bevy of preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors. The only lemonade we’ve found that can legitimately call itself “juice” is the one below by R.W. Knudson. It replaces the added sugars with a blend of apple and grape juices. (Of course, if you’re looking to lose weight, diet is only half the equation. For the other half, check out our list of the 100 best fitness tips ever written.)

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R.W. Knudsen Lemonade (8 fl oz box)
130 calories
0 g fat
30 g sugars

SoBe Elixir Cranberry Grapefruit (20 fl oz bottle)
250 calories
0 g fat
63 g sugars

With a name that references two fruits, you might expect this bottle to provide a respectable dose of real juice. Unfortunately that’s not the case. The only juice this bottle carries is used as a coloring agent, which means every gram of sugar here is added during processing. That puts it right alongside soda as one of the worst beverages at the supermarket. Cut calories by looking for water-based beverages that use juice as a sweetener and flavoring, like the one from Olade below. The few calories it has come from a blend of lemon, pinapple, mango, and passion fruit. (Speaking of overblown packaging claims, check our roundup of “health” foods that aren’t.)

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Olade Tropical Juice Beverage (16 fl oz)
20 calories
0 g fat
4 g sugars

Tropicana Grape Juice Beverage (15.2 fl oz)
290 calories
0 g fat
72 g sugars

It’s hard to say which is worse, the fact that this bottle has as much sugar as six scoops of Edy’s Slow Churned Rocky Road Ice Cream, or the fact that it looks legit but contains only 30 percent real juice. The thing is, even if this bottle weren’t teeming with high fructose corn syrup, it would still be loaded with sugar. Grapes produce the most sugar-loaded juice at the supermarket—even a 10-ounce bottle of 100 percent grape juice carries more than 200 calories. If you like rich, dark juices, try the one below from Bossa Nova. The acai fruit from which it’s made is one of the most antioxidant-rich fruits on the planet. 

Drink This, Instead!
Bossa Nova Acai (10 fl oz bottle)
114 calories
0 g fat
22.5 g sugars

Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (23.5 oz can)
360 calories
0 g fat
84 g sugars

These hulking calorie cannons—5 percent juice, 95 percent sugar water—have the equivalent of 20 teaspoons of sugar! (That makes the 1,800-calorie salad look downright nutritious.) They’re sold at gas stations and convenience stores across America for the low, low price of 99 cents, making this quite possibly the cheapest source of empty calories in the country. Earn more flavor in fewer calories by switching to V8-Fusion instead. The company makes a reasonable line of regular blends and an even better line of light juices.

Drink This, Instead!
V8-Fusion Strawberry Banana (12 fl oz bottle)
170 calories
0 g fat
42 g sugars



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Well This Is Just Gross!

3 February 2010 at 5:26 pm (Food & Drink, Oh You So Nasty!, Photos) (, , , , , )

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9 November 2009 at 11:22 pm (Entertainment, Food & Drink, Just For Fun!, Televison) (, , , , )

I just love this lil guy! lol

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24 August 2009 at 4:34 pm (Food & Drink, Random, Raves) (, , , , )


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$1 Drinks – Any Size

18 August 2009 at 1:01 pm (Food & Drink, Raves, Toronto Life) (, )

For those that aren’t aware McDonald‘s is having a special right now on all their drinks (though, I’m almost positive it doesn’t include coffee, tea and milkshakes). It says it’s only for a limited time so I don’t know when it started or when it will end, but:

any gotdamn soft drink, any gotdamn size. for only one gotdamn dollar.


Get some.

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Oh, What Would I Do, To Have One Of You ….

7 August 2009 at 10:41 pm (Food & Drink, Random, Raves) (, )

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Study: Men Can Help Calories

6 August 2009 at 12:49 pm (Beauty, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Funny Things, Life, Toronto Life, WTF!?) (, , , , , , , )

Women are more likely to pare down calories at mealtime if they’re in the company of men at the dining table, a new study suggests.

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton observed 469 people sitting down at tables either alone or with others during one week at three cafeterias.

The findings, which appear in the online version of Appetite, found that women who ate with a man chose food with significantly fewer calories than those observed when dining with another woman.

When it came to people eating in pairs, when women ate with other women they averaged about 670 calories. The average dipped to 550 calories when the woman’s dining companion was male.


Read this in the Metro today. Hahahahahaahahaha.


Come on. We didn’t need a study to be done to figure this out. Generally speaking it makes sense. MOST women don’t want to look like gluttonous pigs in front of a man. Sorry but I love my food too much in order to skimp on portions or flavour. Damn all that. I’m not going to go OUT of my way to eat more but on the contrary I’m ALSO not going to go out of my way to eat LESS. I personally don’t eat more or less with my female friends than I do with my male friends (or dates). Food is life and if a guy looks at me and thinks I’m a pig for what I’m eating he can go screw himself.

I’m almost 100% positive that a man prefers a woman that EATS over a woman that sits and picks over a salad with nothing but water to drink. Call me wrong or crazy but that’s only been my experience.

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4 August 2009 at 6:31 pm (Food & Drink, Life, Random, Raves) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I. Love. Cereal.

It’s not just a breakfast food. It’s an EVERYTIME food. When I don’t HAVE to cook, I’m quite content curling up in bed with a good book or movie and a HUGE bowl of cereal. I don’t have very deep bowls for cereal so I usually have 2-3 servings *sigh* but somehow that makes me feel less gluttonous if I do it that way rather than dump a HUGE helping into a mixing bowl. I know deep down there is no difference but … a girl can pretend can’t she!?

I like cold cereal and hot cereal. Sugar cereals and you-gotta-add-sugar cereal. Sometimes I add sugar to cereal that already has sugar in it … like Raisin Bran (and Raisin Bran CRUNCH). Yep. That’s right. Hell, my favourite cereal of all time is Count Chocula. No ifs ands or buts about it. I even use chocolate milk (sometimes) instead of white milk, when eating it.

I love cereals like Oatmeal Raisin Crisp (and the ones with almonds). I love Honey Bunches of Oats and Froot Loops, Honey Comb and Cap N’ Crunch (but damn if it doesn’t tear apart the roof of my mouth).

I enjoy hot cereals like Cream Of Wheat, Shredded Wheat and Instant Oatmeal. I’ll scarf down shitloads of Honey Nut or Apple Cinnamon Cheerios in seconds. Frosted Flakes do NOT last in my house and I usually only buy Rice Krispies to make Rice Krispie treats BUT every now and then I’ll have a bowl so long as there are bananas or strawberries to put in them.

Like an overgrown child, Cinnamon Toast Crunch gets a lot of love from me. I only wish they would serve it in those variety packs. Yes, I buy those too, on shopping days when I can’t, for the life of me, decide which 3 boxes to buy.

On average I buy 2-4 boxes of cereal every 2-4 weeks. The reason is because even if one hasn’t been opened at home, it’s always good to have a wide variety. No one can tell me different. I’m not a big milk drinker so cereal has saved my bones. Literally.

So, with this random post winding down, I just wanted to shout joyously that I love cereal. I LOVE IT. And I KNOW I’m not the only one 😉 Cereal (in many ways like music) is L I F E.

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What I Want

3 August 2009 at 1:23 pm (Beauty, Health & Fitness, Family, Food & Drink, Life, Love & Relationships, Random)

– Someone to teach me how to play Chess.

– A great job upon graduation.

– Someone to cook for.

– All the cupcakes in the world.

– Restitution with “N”

– McDonald’s sweet & sour sauce

– Someone to cuddle up and watch TV with at least 3-5 nites a week.

– Someone to wake up to

– A condo.

– A real date.

– A time machine. To use at any given time for any given thing.

– Eternal access to books.

– Someone to sit and watch the NFL Pre-Season with … and have a few beers, too.

– A pool in my backyard.

– A bubble bath.

I’m sure there are more but since I have to now stop and think about them … I doubt they are true wants.

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My Latest Weakness

26 June 2009 at 4:08 pm (Food & Drink, Product Reviews, Random, Raves) (, , , )

The entire point of a 60 cal chocolate stick is to allow yourself the indulgence of your favourite snack without snapping and going overboard *enter sheepish grin here* … So with that said I ate about 4 in a row about 10 minutes ago. Shoppers have the 9 stick box on sale for $1.49 and I’ve eaten just under half.

But this is so good. Mint flavoured creamy milk chocolate? How CAN you have just one? I don’t even think they make this in a regular bar size.

Oh well. I’m not going to feel guilty about it. I rarely eat chocolate as is but these? These are a lil stick of Heaven 😉 yummy.

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