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Is fruit juice healthy in moderation?

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A few years ago I found out the surprising fact that fruit juice has as much sugar as fizzy pop, and is actually unhealthy. source. Since then I have just been drinking water as I love the taste and find it more refreshing than any other drink. However, over the past few days I have been considering starting to drink fruit juice again, but in moderation, like a glass a day.(
 
I don't eat any fruit because I'm not really a big fan and whenever I buy it it ends up going off and I throw it away. I only eat 3 times a day and don't really snack so I never think to go and eat some fruit. I try and eat plenty of veg with my afternoon and evening meal however.
 
If I drink a glass a day, would this be an okay way to get some of the nutrition I am missing by not eating fruit? This would be purely for health reasons as I don't find it any nicer than water, so would it be worth it?

I'm underweight and trying to put on lean muscle mass. Obliviously I'm trying to eat as much protein as I can but it's difficult as meat is so filling (and expensive). I also struggle to reach my daily 2200 calorie goal, so would this be a good way to give it a boost? 

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If you're trying to gain, there are much better options than juice. Shakes are great, if not as convenient. Juice just isn't very nutritionally dense. Potassium is hard to come by though, and coconut water is about the best source you can get. It has a fair amout of sugar, and isn't a bad base for shakes. Sometimes I'll do a coconut water based protein shake on carb days and I'll add some dosani coconut/pineapple sweetener to it. Wham - protein colada.

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As long as you're eating plenty of vegetables, you don't really need fruit (i.e., there's not really anything that is unique to fruit as a category that you don't get from vegetables). I wouldn't make the same argument the other way though.

 

If you enjoy a glass of juice every now and then as a change from water, or, to top you up on days when you're a bit low on calories, that's fine, but, I wouldn't start up a daily glass of juice for health reasons. If someone else is reading this from the perspective of having issues getting any veggies or fruits in their diet then that's a different situation.

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