Cranberry Juice vs Sweetened Tea

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    Apr 03, 2013 5:57 AM GMT
    Alright, the health benefits of both, i recently switched from tea to cranberry juice

    Which do you prefer? or not at all, the small calorie counts for both and sugar for both are not an issue for me, so dont go there and start going all organic on me, i enjoy these drinks over soda or sport drinks anyday, soda, i dont buy at all and havent had any in many years. Water and low cal Milk are my other drinks so zip it.


    I am now hooked on cran apple!
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    I still like my tea though
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    Anybody tried this lemon- tea thing? heard its flying off the shevles
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    Apr 03, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    Arnold Palmer is my new favorite non-soda soft drink. I know it's all sugar, but it tastes so good on a hot day. The tall cans are usually $1.50 but the gallon jugs are a better value. Usually under $4. I had no idea they were scarce. Every time I go to the supermarket, the shelves are well stocked. Guess it depends on region.
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    Apr 03, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    Remember if you drink tea often.. Add fresh squeezed LEMON juice..
    avoid kidney stones.
  • thadjock

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    Apr 03, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    c;mon people READ THE LABEL

    the problem with cranberry juice is that it either has to be blended with a high percentage of grape/apple juice or have tons of high fructose corn syrup/sugar added because cranberry juice in it's pure state is so tart and bitter, that it's inedible without it.

    granted you're getting some vit C and antioxidants, but you're basically getting as much sugar/HFC as you do with soda. or if you drink the sugar free version, that's laced with chemical sweeteners aspertame or saccharine.

    so why not just drink a fruit juice that doens't need to be adulterated with sweetners? nutritionally it's far better to eat the whole fruit, instead of the juice, and just drink water.

    Also: Bottled Ice Tea has virtually none of the benefits of fresh brewed tea, it's basically flavoured water, regardless if sweetened or not. the antioxidants are lost in storage. so it's just a hugely successful marketing gimmick most willfully ignorant people buy into.

    http://consumerist.com/2010/08/23/it-could-take-20-bottles-of-tea-to-get-health-benefits-of-1-home-brewed-cup/

  • LJay

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    Apr 03, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    If you are going to ignore the sugarcontent, it comes down to the taste you prefer.

    De gustibus non disputandum.

    Personally, I like the taste of cranberries. I like tea too, but prefer it without sugar at all. I would try to find cranberry juice cocktail made with no added sugar, HFCS or--God forbid--artificial sweetener. It is hard to do, but they are out there and tehre are not many of them. I don't think Ocean Spray markets one. I would also tend to drink them at times when you are going to use the sugar quickly.

    You may or may not develop a sugar metabolism problem eventually, but being cautious about sugars now may help you to avoid it. Fruit juices are wonderful for taste, but they are one of the few things that diabetics are told to strictly avoid because they are so powerful in their impact. Think long term health.

    So enjoy moderately while you can, but keep that water bottle handy.
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    Apr 03, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    Personally, I love 100% cranberry juice! It is super tart, but if you have that kinda personality...why not?
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    Apr 04, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    thadjock saidc;mon people READ THE LABEL

    the problem with cranberry juice is that it either has to be blended with a high percentage of grape/apple juice or have tons of high fructose corn syrup/sugar added because cranberry juice in it's pure state is so tart and bitter, that it's inedible without it.

    granted you're getting some vit C and antioxidants, but you're basically getting as much sugar/HFC as you do with soda. or if you drink the sugar free version, that's laced with chemical sweeteners aspertame or saccharine.

    so why not just drink a fruit juice that doens't need to be adulterated with sweetners? nutritionally it's far better to eat the whole fruit, instead of the juice, and just drink water.

    Also: Bottled Ice Tea has virtually none of the benefits of fresh brewed tea, it's basically flavoured water, regardless if sweetened or not. the antioxidants are lost in storage. so it's just a hugely successful marketing gimmick most willfully ignorant people buy into.

    http://consumerist.com/2010/08/23/it-could-take-20-bottles-of-tea-to-get-health-benefits-of-1-home-brewed-cup/



    I agree. OceanSpray isn't real cranberry juice. It's basically a CapriSun in terms of sugar/nutrient value.

    You have to buy the $8 version in the health food section, which as the poster above said, is quite bitter (but you can adapt to it or dilute with water). That's the stuff they are referring to when they say it may have an effect on your urinary tract. Not the sweet stuff. Drink the tart stuff like medicine...all in one gulp or in small manageable sips ;P

    Sweetened tea is also sugar. I'd brew my own from teabags or not have it at all. Sugar water isn't good for anyone these days unless you're like a college/professional athlete or underweight.
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    Apr 04, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    I vote for sweet tea.
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    Apr 04, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    huhwhat saidI vote for sweet tea.
    Sweet tea is easy to make. Just add 1 cup of sugar and 3 drops of fresh brewsd tea. Add ice and a slice of lemon. icon_lol.gif