Is juice good for you or not?

Dr Mark Porter / 21 May 2019

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader who wonders why juice is not always seen as a healthy choice.

Q: I have started juicing fruit as part of a healthy-eating campaign and was surprised when a friend, who is a retired NHS dietitian, said she never recommended it because of the high sugar content. Surely natural sugar is OK?

A: As a rule, sugar is sugar – wherever it comes from – as most types get broken down by the body to the same two molecules, glucose and fructose. Try basing your drinks on veg and just add a bit of fruit to sweeten. And eat your apples and oranges rather than drinking them.


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