While it may seem counter-intuitive, there is such a thing as low-sugar and low-carb juices. They can be purchased at your local grocery store for prices that are comparable with other juices. With a variety of types to choose from, there is certain to be a flavor that suits your palate. Get creative and mix juice flavors for a custom low-carb drink. (Be sure to read the label and nutrition information for the specific sugar and carbohydrate content).
Which Fruit Juices are Lowest in Sugar?
Doctors and nutritionists caution that fruit juices are sugar bombs because they contain all the calories and sugar of fruit without any of the filling fiber. A few notable exceptions which are considered low-sugar juice are unsweetened cranberry (try diluting with sparkling water for a light spritzer), fresh, unsweetened beet juice or freshly-squeezed tomato juice (without added sugars). There are also commercially available, low carb juices which are easily found in grocery stores.
Can You Drink Orange Juice on a Low Carb Diet?
Stay away from traditional juices likes orange juice, even if it's fresh squeezed. The problem is that OJ, along with favorites like apple juice or fruit juice blends, contain just as much sugar and calories as sugary soft drinks, or in some cases, as much sugar as a candy bar. Health professionals note that if you want to consume a little juice occasionally, or if kids like to drink juice daily, dilute it with water to enjoy a sweet taste, without all of the sugar and carbs of a full glass of juice.
Minute Maid Light Cherry Limeade
Minute Maid Light Cherry Limeade flavored drink only has 1g of sugar and 2g of carbohydrates per serving. As a result, the light cherry limeade is low in calories, with only ten calories per serving. The juice should be refrigerated after opening and consumed by the expiration date. Minute Maid also offers other flavors in the “light” beverage category, including orange juice, lemonade, raspberry passion, orange tangerine, and orangeade.
Tree Top's Light Pomegranate Blackberry Juice
Tree Top's Light Pomegranate Blackberry juice contains 50% less sugar than its regular juices. This juice is said to promote a balanced metabolism and helps curb your appetite in between meals. By helping to keep blood sugar levels balanced, it avoids the drop in sugar levels that create "hunger pains" and sluggish feelings caused from sugar imbalances in the body. The Pomegranate Blackberry juice contains 60 calories per serving and is equal to one whole fruit serving.
Ocean Spray Sugar Free Juices
Ocean Spray offers a complete line of sugar-free juices that include Blueberry Lemonade, Blueberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Grape, White Cranberry Peach, Cranberry Pomegranate, and Cranberry Lemonade. All of these juices have five calories per serving and have 100% of your daily vitamin C value. The Ocean Spray sugar-free juices come in a powder mix for on-the-go convenience. They are sold in bulk or individual packets. These are handy when you eat at restaurants that do not offer sugar free or low-carb juice options. The sugar-free mix just needs to be blended in water and then it is ready for consumption.