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#5 of The 6 Worst Natural Ingredients

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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Fruit Juice Concentrate

Behind the label: You probably see the words "fruit juice concentrate" on a jar of jam or in a fruit drink and think it's got to be healthier than sugar, right? Wrong. Apple, pear and white grape fruit juice concentrates are some of the most commonly used sweeteners added to foods, and they're simply empty calories, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. They're used as fat replacements, because their water content provides bulk, yet they still contain high levels of fructose, a form of sugar tied to heart problems and one that can actually lower your ability to remember things.

Your move: Fruit is "nature's candy" so eat it whole. The fructose levels are tempered by the added fiber, vitamins and minerals you get when downing whole fruits. When you do need processed foods, opt for those containing sweeteners with real nutritional value, such as real maple syrup, molasses, raw honey, and others that made our list of the 5 best sweeteners.

by on Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I don't drink fruit juice...good info!  Thanks for sharing!

Stacie03
by on Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM
Thanks!
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la_bella_vita
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

 Thanks for sharing! We don't drink it

CrazedMomof2
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 1:58 PM

 Good info thanks.

mp3mom
by on Nov. 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

We usually do our own.

reneawesley
by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 9:19 AM
Good info
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keeckhardt
by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Thanks for sharing
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cleanaturalady
by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Great information.  Thanks.

Jules_
by on Nov. 6, 2012 at 3:22 PM
Good info
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