Posted by Rachel on:
Last night I was at the grocery store and when I got to the check out counter, I noticed a shopper had "Lite Cranberry Juice" in among her other items of food. A lot of people think they're being healthier if they buy "lite, fat free or trans fat free" products (and they are in a way). However, it is still good to read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels because often it's full of junk. Often there are more sugars, preservatives, artificial ingredients and sodium in these products - and that ain't good.
For example: A 8 fl oz. of "Lite Cranberry Juice" has 75mg of sodium. The RDA recommends that you consume no more than 2400 mg of sodium per day, which is roughly about a teaspoon of table salt.
What if you have two glasses of juice, like most people do? With all the other food and beverages a person consumes in a day, that sodium intake can increases quite quickly. Too much sodium can cause some biggies like high blood pressure, dehydration, and heart disease.
And of course then there is the sugar problem... Too much sugar can cause some of the same problems, and some great 'extras' like diabetes, and obesity.
The RDA recommends 40g. of refined sugar per day. One can consume 1/2 that amount in one glass of cranberry juice. Not to mention, it's not just straight sugar, but high fructose corn syrup...which is even worse!
Until next time...try to get in the habit of reading any product that has a label. You will be surprised in what you will find.
Be careful what you buy, for I may be be there with my undercover eye! (It's cheesy but it works, right?!)