Soda's Evil Twin: The Dangers of Fruit Drinks (Infographic)

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This article is one in a series about getting fit in the new year. Check out the entire Man up! series here.

So you’ve decided to eat healthier, give up high calorie foods, overly sweet snacks and sugary sodas. To quench your thirst when enjoying your lunch of lean turkey breast on whole wheat with pesto, you forgo the familiar red can and reach instead for your juice drink, contented in the knowledge that you are doing something good for your body. Or are you?

According to info gathered by HealthScience.net, fruit drinks are not only not “healthy” but they are in many cases actually worse for you than soft drinks and sodas. Higher in sugar and much higher in calories. And even though some (but not all) contain real fruit juice, they are probably responsible for more expanding waistlines than those donuts you gave up eating during the morning sales briefing. (Considering an 8-ounce serving of Snapple Apple has more sugar than 2 and a half Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, you were probably off reaching for the box rather than the bottle.)