Are fruit juices as healthy as is claimed?

Fruit juice contains a range of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.  Orange juice, in particular, has been shown to increase blood antioxidants and decrease inflammation markers so it could be very good for your health.

Fruit juice has a total sugar content of about 8 grams per 100 milliliters, with about a third coming from sucrose. Grapefruit would generally have a lower total sugar content compared with, say, pineapple juice.  However, liquids are slower to trigger the feeling of fullness compared to foods we chew, making it easier to over-consume kilojoules in liquid form.  So, avoid fruit juices with added sugars; these could have up to double the amount of sucrose.

Fruit juices can contribute towards the recommended two fruits per day but can’t replace them.

Tip : I prefer on my program that you stick to 100% freshly squeezed juice only. 

Weekly Healthy Recipe: Barramundi Steamed on Sweet Potato


200g sweet potato, thinly sliced

2 x 200g barramundi fillets, skin removed and trimmed

50g snow peas

Lime dressing

1/4 cup chopped green onions

2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

1/3 cup limejuice

1-tablespoon sugar

Sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. For the dressing, place green onions, coriander, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place a large saucepan half-filled with water over high heat and bring to the boil. Line one large steamer with non-stick baking paper. Place the sweet potato in the steamer, top with barramundi and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place the steamer on top of the saucepan and steam for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the snow peas and steam for a further 2 minutes or until the barramundi is cooked through. Spoon over dressing to serve.

* Sydney Markets – Serves 2

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