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Squeezing more nutrition out of your morning juice.

If you think juice is a simple thing, think again. Getting more nutritional clout for your calories is a growing trend for many foods, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the juice aisle. While there are still plenty of unadorned juices on the market, there's been an explosion of juice enhancements. EN examines the trends.

Added nutrients--vitamins C and E and zinc, for example--are especially popular in products touted to boost immunity or aid heart health. Some of these extra nutrients are of questionable benefit (many juices are, after all, fairly high in vitamins even without enhancement). Calcium is an exception.

Going beyond nutrients is Minute Maid's Heart Wise Orange Juice. If your blood cholesterol level is high, this juice provides a reasonably priced way to get cholesterol-reducing plant sterols.

Another hot trend: Combining juices in ways Mother Nature never dreamed of, such as mixing berry or exotic fruit juices with old standbys. Don't think, however, that the fruits listed in the name or pictured on the label are the primary juices inside. Often, cheaper apple and white grape juices are the base for blends, with only small amounts of exotic juices added.

Tips for Sipping Sweetly

* Stick to one glass (eight ounces) a day. After that, eat whole fruits for more fiber and fewer calories.

* Drink a variety of juices for a wide array of nutrients and phytonutrients. Consider making your everyday juice one that's rich in vitamin C and has added calcium and vitamin D.

* Check ingredient labels to be sure juice blends are 100% juice, and check which juices are predominant (the first ones listed). Don't abandon a juice like orange juice that's packed with vitamin C, folate, carotenoids and potassium for a blend that's mostly white grape juice.

* Be aware that beverages labeled "fruit drink," "fruit juice drink" and "cocktail" are not 100% juice.

* Add seltzer to juice for a soft drink substitute that cuts the calories.

--Kitty Broihier, M.S., R.D.
Nutrition Comparison of Juices

As with all EN comparisons, this is only a sampling of the products
available. Serving size for all products is eight ounces. Juices are
listed alphabetically within each category. = EN's Picks. Juice picks
are 100% juice, with no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial
sweeteners.

          Brand                                     Calories   Sugars
                                                               (grams)

APPLE JUICES

[check]   Apple and Eve Natural Style Apple Juice   110        24
          Old Orchard Apple Cherry Juice            120        27

BLUEBERRY & POMEGRANATE JUICES

          Langers Pomegranate Blueberry Juice       130        30
[check]   POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice           140        34
[check]   Wyman's Wild Blueberry Juice              130        30

CRANBERRY JUICES

[check]   Northland Cranberry Blackberry Juice      140        31
[check]   Ocean Spray White Cranberry Blend         150        38

GRAPE JUICES

[check]   Juicy Juice White Grape Juice             150        34
[check]   Welch's Concord Grape Juice               170        40

GRAPEFRUIT JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Ruby Red                90         20
          Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Juice          120        31

ORANGE JUICES

[check]   Minute Maid Premium Original              110        24
          Tropicana Pure Premium Original           110        22

PINEAPPLE JUICES

[check]   Dole Pineapple Juice                      130        26
[check]   Dole Pine-Orange-Banana Juice             130        26

LIGHT JUICES

          Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion       15         2
          Minute Maid Light Guava Citrus            5          1
          Motts Plus Light Apple Juice              60         14
          Tropicana Light'n Healthy Orange Juice    50         10
          Welch's Light Grape Juice                 70         17

ENHANCED JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Orange Juice with       110        22
          Calcium and Vitamin D
[check]   Langers Grape Juice Plus                  160        36
[check]   Minute Maid Blends-Orange Passion         130        29
[check]   Minute Maid Heart Wise Orange Juice       110        24
[check]   Minute Maid Orange Juice with Extra       110        24
          Vitamins C & E Plus Zinc
          Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice               150        37
          With Calcium
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium Healthy Heart      110        22
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium                    110        22
          Immunity Defense

          Brand                                     Vitamin C
                                                    (% DV)

APPLE JUICES

[check]   Apple and Eve Natural Style Apple Juice   100
          Old Orchard Apple Cherry Juice            130

BLUEBERRY & POMEGRANATE JUICES

          Langers Pomegranate Blueberry Juice       100
 [check]   POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice           0
[check]   Wyman's Wild Blueberry Juice              0

CRANBERRY JUICES

[check]   Northland Cranberry Blackberry Juice      130
[check]   Ocean Spray White Cranberry Blend         100

GRAPE JUICES

[check]   Juicy Juice White Grape Juice             120
[check]   Welch's Concord Grape Juice               100

GRAPEFRUIT JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Ruby Red                100
          Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Juice          100

ORANGE JUICES

[check]   Minute Maid Premium Original              120
          Tropicana Pure Premium Original           120

PINEAPPLE JUICES

[check]   Dole Pineapple Juice                      100
[check]   Dole Pine-Orange-Banana Juice             100

LIGHT JUICES

          Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion       100
          Minute Maid Light Guava Citrus            0
          Motts Plus Light Apple Juice              100
          Tropicana Light'n Healthy Orange Juice    120
          Welch's Light Grape Juice                 100

ENHANCED JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Orange Juice with       120
          Calcium and Vitamin D
[check]   Langers Grape Juice Plus                  120
[check]   Minute Maid Blends-Orange Passion         120
[check]   Minute Maid Heart Wise Orange Juice       120
 [check]   Minute Maid Orange Juice with Extra      240
          Vitamins C & E Plus Zinc
          Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice               100
          With Calcium
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium Healthy Heart      240
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium                    240
          Immunity Defense

          Brand                                     Comments

APPLE JUICES

[check]   Apple and Eve Natural Style Apple Juice   100% juice. No
                                                    sugar added.
          Old Orchard Apple Cherry Juice            30% juice. Contains
                                                    high-fructose corn
                                                    syrup.

BLUEBERRY & POMEGRANATE JUICES

          Langers Pomegranate Blueberry Juice       27% juice. Contains
                                                    high-fructose corn
                                                    syrup.
[check]   POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice           100% juice.
[check]   Wyman's Wild Blueberry Juice              100% juice
                                                    (contains added
                                                    apple and grape
                                                    juices).

CRANBERRY JUICES

[check]   Northland Cranberry Blackberry Juice      100% juice blend of
                                                    grape, cranberry,
                                                    apple and
                                                    blackberry.
[check]   Ocean Spray White Cranberry Blend         100% juice blend of
                                                    white grape and
                                                    white cranberry
                                                    juices.

GRAPE JUICES

[check]   Juicy Juice White Grape Juice             100% juice blend of
                                                    white grape
                                                    and apple juices.
[check]   Welch's Concord Grape Juice               100% Concord grape
                                                    juice.

GRAPEFRUIT JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Ruby Red                100% Ruby Red
                                                    grapefruit juice.
          Ocean Spray Ruby Tangerine Juice          24% juice, mostly
                                                    grapefruit.
                                                    Added high-fructose
                                                    corn syrup.
ORANGE JUICES

[check]   Minute Maid Premium Original              100% juice.
          Tropicana Pure Premium Original           100% juice.

PINEAPPLE JUICES

[check]   Dole Pineapple Juice                      100% pineapple
                                                    juice.
[check]   Dole Pine-Orange-Banana Juice             100% juice blend.

LIGHT JUICES

          Minute Maid Light Raspberry Passion       Only 10% juice;
                                                    less than 2%
                                                    raspberry, passion
                                                    fruit juices.
          Minute Maid Light Guava Citrus            Only 3% juice; less
                                                    than 1 % of
                                                    orange and guava
                                                    juices.
          Motts Plus Light Apple Juice              50% juice. Added
                                                    calcium (10%
                                                    DV) and vitamin D
                                                    (20% DV).
          Tropicana Light'n Healthy Orange Juice    42% juice.
          Welch's Light Grape Juice                 40% juice.

ENHANCED JUICES

[check]   Florida's Natural Orange Juice with       100% juice. Added
                                                    calcium
          Calcium and Vitamin D                     (35% DV), vitamin D
                                                    (25% DV).
[check]   Langers Grape Juice Plus                  100% juice. Added
                                                    calcium (10% DV),
                                                    grape seed extract.
[check]   Minute Maid Blends-Orange Passion         100% juice. Added
                                                    vitamin D
                                                    (25% DV), calcium
                                                    (35% DV).
[check]   Minute Maid Heart Wise Orange Juice       100% juice.
                                                    Fortified with
                                                    Plant sterols,
                                                    vitamins E, B6,
                                                    B12.
[check]   Minute Maid Orange Juice with Extra       100% juice. Added
                                                    vitamin E
          Vitamins C & E Plus Zinc                  (100% DV), zinc
                                                    (10% DV).
          Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice               27% cranberry
                       With Calcium                 juice. Added
                                                    calcium (10% DV).
                                                    High-fructose
                                                    corn syrup.
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium Healthy Heart      100% juice. Added
                                                    vitamins
                                                    C, E, B6, B12 and
                                                    folate.
[check]   Tropicana Pure Premium                    100% juice. Added
          Immunity Defense                          vitamins C, E
                                                    (100% DV) and
                                                     selenium
                                                    (20% DV).

*Light juices are all diluted and contain artificial sweeteners.

DV = Daily Value
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