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.)

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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. 

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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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Seche Vite (I Swear By This Product!)

6 February 2010 at 4:51 pm (Beauty, Health & Fitness, Product Reviews, Raves) (, , , , , )

Ladies. If you polish your own nails then you need … absolutely NEED to have this product in your kit. When you’re pressed for time (as I am right now) but you want cute nails without chips, dents and fingerprints (lol) you have to find a dry fast top coat that will get the job done in minutes. Seche Vite is that top coat. I discovered it via a good friend of mine (HOLLA Linda!!!) and she was kind enough to send me some in the mail as a present (love her!) and I was skeptical (I’ve tried dry fast top coats and polishes and they just didn’t work) but this one DOES. Within 5 minutes your nails are dry to the touch. Another five and they are chip and peel resistant. I’ve tried it. I swear by it.

The smell is a little strong … but if you’re used to polish smells you may not find it so bad. But for the 2-3 mins it takes to apply it to your nails, stomach it. The polish’s consistency is thick and almost serum-like but goes on smooth and without air bubbles and fail. It really is the perfect top coat for your nails. It leaves them smooth, silky and even helps to strengthen them. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat runs about $5 -$10 for a bottle but you can ALWAYS find it on sale at various shops and websites if you like to purchase things online. Visit Seche Vite’s homepage :: here ::

For my ladies in Toronto you can get Seche Vite online or at: and some Winners locations. If I see it out while in my travels I’ll be sure to share.

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Guyanese Shamwow

12 January 2010 at 11:10 pm (Entertainment, Funny Things, Product Reviews, Raves, WTF!?) (, , , , , )

I laughed SO SO SO hard watching this.

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Top Christmas Gifts For 2009.

19 December 2009 at 5:07 pm (Family, Life, Movies, Music, Product Reviews, Sites To Check For, technology, Televison) (, , , , , , , , , , )

If you are having a hard time buying for that special someone on your list … or even just a SOMEONE then fear no more. I usually find it extremely hard to buy for my mother. She’ll usually give me the “Oh you don’t have to get me a thing, baby” speech but when I dig and pester enough, there are always a few things she’d LIKE to have. I wish she was easier to buy for. It’s not because she’s picky or ungrateful. She’s just the opposite. If I got my mom a bag of soil she’d smile delightedly and state she could plant flowers in the Spring even though gardening isn’t her thing and never has been. She’s just happy and grateful for anything and it’s this fact that makes her so hard to buy for. I always want to get her something she will ACTUALLY like and find useful. Not something for the house but for HER and other than the usual perfume, CD’s or robes and pajamas staples, she rarely lists off things for herself. I was perusing the web and there was a great site I came across for the Top Gifts of 2009. Have a look! We’re getting down to the wire, folk. Only 5 1/2 days left! Personally I’m completely enchanted by the Kindle reading device. It’s pricey as all hell but it’s something I’m thinking of buying for myself. This site has everything from shopping for newborns and toddlers to the avid reader and gamer. There’s something for everyone!

Top Christmas Gifts For 2009

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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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Red Bull Additive: COCAINE?

31 May 2009 at 10:42 am (Beauty, Health & Fitness, News, Product Reviews) (, , , , , , , )

So, I see this on a friends facebook status a few days ago and didn’t really think nothing of it because he’s always joking around and me never having a Red Bull or liking it or understanding the hype decided to write it off. But then, this morning I seen an article on a forum about it in TIME Magazine. So yes, I’m a few days late on this … but I found it very interesting. It could explain a lot of friends’ behaviours that swear by this enery drink! They say you have to drink so much for effects to be felt but no two people are alike and who’s to say thats indeed true? This is a new study after all.

About a year ago, the makers of Red Bull, the famous caffeine-loaded energy drink, decided to come out with a soda, unsurprisingly named Red Bull Cola. The shared name implied the same big kick. But could the cola’s boost — supposedly “100% natural” — come from something else? Officials in Germany worry that they’ve found the answer — cocaine. And now they have prohibited the soda’s sale in six states across the country and may recommend a nation-wide ban.

“The [Health Institute in the state of North Rhine Westphalia] examined Red Bull Cola in an elaborate chemical process and found traces of cocaine,” Bernhard Kuehnle, head of the food safety department at Germany’s federal ministry for consumer protection, told the German press on Sunday. According to this analysis, the 0.13 micrograms of cocaine per can of the drink does not pose a serious health threat — you’d have to drink 12,000 L of Red Bull Cola for negative effects to be felt — but it was enough to cause concern. Kuehnle’s agency is due to give its final verdict on Wednesday when experts publish their report [… read more here …]

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Aquafina Hydrating Lip Oil

25 April 2009 at 6:46 pm (Product Reviews, Raves) (, , , , )


Aquafina Hydrating Lip Oil with calming natural botanicals is a GREAT product. I’m huge on lip balms, glosses and the like but never had I tried a lip “oil”. I purchased this out of sheer curiousity and I have to say, since trying Burt’s Bees about a year ago, nothing has made me stray until now. Don’t get me wrong, Burt’s is my staple for soft and supple lips but this gives it a run for its money. No joke. Personally, even though its not meant to be one, I’d use this oil as more of a gloss on top of my balm for a nice and sheer shine. It definitely hydrates your lips and keeps them moisturized – therefore it is wearable alone. However, unless you apply it liberally it doesnt give off THAT much of a shine. It goes on very smooth and you immediately feel a tingle on your lips and I think thats what I like about it the most. There is a light minty taste to it and it definitely lives up to the “calming” effect it promises. It’s not sticky at all (BONUS!) and there really isn’t anything bad I can say about it. Not a bad product from the makers of … water.  Out of 5 stars I give it a 5. It’s really that good. Oh, and if you want to know where to purchase this I got mine at Walmart but I’m not sure if other pharmacies or department stores sell them.  

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My Smell Good

23 April 2009 at 4:52 pm (Beauty, Health & Fitness, Life, Product Reviews, Raves) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A lot of people will tell you that I’m soft and I always smell good. Yes, well it’s true. If I know a few things about myself to be 100% true then this would be one of them, most definitely. I have sensitive skin so I don’t really douse myself in perfumes. If I do they are VERY light scents. I prefer to “triple up” on three products and the scents vary but for the most part, I stick to the same ones often. My daily smell good regimen consists of 3 basic products: the body wash, the lotion or body butter and the body mist/spray. I find my skin reacts less, if at all, to mists and sprays. Also, I throw in a nice shampoo & conditioner (though, I don’t wash my hair everyday) and of COURSE deodorant as well (the scent varies but its always Dove brand that I use – nothing but). Some people like to use expensive washes and lotions but I don’t. It’s not necessary. And for people with sensitive skin like myself, most things that are so expensive are usually heavily perfumed. Also, you shouldn’t be using anything other than soap and water on your nether regions. No one wants to get any infections by upsetting your vagina’s natural balance. Anywho, moving on …


When it comes to body washes I generally only use two brands: Dove and St. Ives. Both leave my skin feeling refreshed, smooth and awesomely scented. They aren’t oily or greasy and the lather they produce is like heaven. I really enjoy my showers, let me tell you. My particular favourite is Dove’s Creme Oil line. My scent of choice is the vanilla and jasmine one. I also like their Grapefruit & Lemongrass scent. Super energizing and refreshing. As for St. Ives, I usually go for their Oatmeal & Shea Butter scent. It’s VERY light and on its own won’t last very long but it leaves your skin feeling oh so supple.

Next, to maintain my skins softness I apply lotion almost immediately after I’ve air dried or lightly patted my skin with a fluffy towel. I do this because the air is still dewy and thick in the bathroom and it helps to maintain moisture. I lather on one of three lotions. The one I use day to day is Vaseline Intensive Care’s Cocoa Butter with Vitamin E but depending on what body wash I use, I try to closely match the scents as best I can. For instance, if I use the Dove Grapefruit one, I’ll pair it with my Pink Grapefruit body butter that I buy at Walmart. Yes, you heard right. Walmart. They have THE most amazingly potent scented body butters and they are so thick and luscious and decadent. I love the mango scented one as well as the pink grapefruit. The brand is SPAresource. There are also matching shower gels and sprays but I haven’t tried those as yet.

Last but not least is the final touch. The body mist or spray. I generally only use one but lately I’ve taken to another product. My staples are the Secret Body mists. I love their Vanilla Chai. That is the one I run out of often because I use it almost everyday. I also like their tropical mango and cocoa butter scented ones. Here’s the thing: I love Dove’s line of just about anything and that’s where I go first for any and all of my hygiene products. Not only is Dove a good quality product but also the message behind their Beauty campaign is something I heavily support, so with that said, I started buying a new product of theirs, a body mist, in the scent of Pink Grapefruit & Lemongrass. It’s a direct match to their bodywash and deodorant of the same scent. I love it. Its distinct but light and airy. Perfect for spring. With a lot of these scents you would think you’d end up smelling like one big vanilla ball or one huge grapefruit but the good thing is that because you are applying the first two products directly into your skin, your skins own scent counteracts the potency of the product so it balances out whereas when you spray yourself with a perfume you are literally spraying it ON TOP. There is a difference. Less is more. Light and airy. Just remember that.

Well, basically there you have it. My smell good daily routine. For those ladies interested in the body washes and deoderants offered by Dove, Shoppers Drug Mart is having a sale on their body wash. Regulary priced at $7.49 (holy smokes!) for 295mL and 354mL, they are now on sale for only $2.99. I just bought 4 bottles of my 2 favourite scents! Also, they are having a sale on selected Dove deoderants at 2 for $5. The sale ends tomorrow so jump on that, ASAP. Usually, I shop at Walmart for these products because the prices are just lower but you can’t beat the sale Shoppers is having right now. I hope you enjoyed this (very) girly post. Any and all suggestions, comments, questions and referrals for other products are welcome.

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Excel Sweet Mint Gum

28 February 2009 at 1:40 am (Product Reviews, Random) (, , , , , , )

Ok, guys. I SWEAR I do more product reviews than on just gum. (See: Stride)

But I wanted to just say that I discovered this new Excel gum flavour. It’s called “Sweet Mint”. When I bought it I was just looking for regular old spearmint. Nothing. So I grabbed this one up and I wasn’t really expecting anything exciting but this flavour is SO good. It’s not one I can describe other than … sweet …. with a minty taste. It’s more mint that sweet. I’d WANT to say its like a minty juicy fruit but not really, only because they have spearmint juicy fruit and this gum tastes MUCH better than that. Ugh. Just trust me on this one. It’s a damn good flavour. Try it.

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Stride Gum

20 July 2008 at 11:14 am (Product Reviews, Random) (, , , , , , , )

This gum is a damn lie.

It’s a good, flavourful gum, don’t get me wrong. But it’s NOT as long lasting as it’s advertised to be. I had higher expectations, in all honesty. The marketing for this gum … the commercials and whatnot, are genius in my opinion. So to chew this gum and not even 20 minutes later, experience significant flavour loss? Needless to say, I was disappointed. But, to their credit, the flavour didn’t dissipate completely. It did fade, though. I kept chewing. I was determined to see how long it would indeed last.

About an hour afterwards, I had almost reached my destination, where regardless, I’d have to throw the gum out. You can’t eat brunch and chew gum so I took notice of the fact that my tongue felt thicker, and my teeth had that “coating” on them that happens when you’ve chewed a fruity gum too long. But there was still that underlying flavour. So, I suppose after 90 minutes you can say the gum carried a “stride” (hahahahaha – smh) but it comes with a price.

I assume the makers of Stride would figure people wouldn’t REALLY chew their gum for that long. They’d be forced to spit it out or their jaw would tire of chewing. But not me. I chewed for as long as I could before I became disgusted with it.

Damn lie, Stride gum is.

But the initial flavour for the first 20 minutes or so? SO GOOD. lol.

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