Earlier this week I got an inquiry about the brand Naked Juice; it LOOKS healthy, but IS it healthy?
So as I was touring an AMAZING new health food store I found close to home; Mustard Seed Market and Cafe, I picked up a bottle of the Naked Juice pictured above.
Before even glancing at the nutrition facts and ingredients though, the first thing that stood out was the price; $3.59 per bottle!? Regular consumption from this line could get pretty pricey if you ask me!
One thing I did find impressive is the wide variety of flavors!! It was really hard to decide which flavor to sample but I settled on pomegranate blueberry because I have been craving pomegranate lately!
When I finally got home I made my analysis. Here’s what I think:
1. Taste: DELICIOUS. I had 3 other people sample it and they all thought it tasted outstanding. The flavors of pomegranate and blueberry really pop in this beverage! I can see why it’s so popular!
2. Nutrition Facts: 2 servings per bottle
Below are stats per ONE serving
- 150 calories (drink the whole bottle and you have almost a meal’s worth of calories!)
- 0 g fat
- 36 g carbohydrates (fruits are carbohydrates)
- 300 mg potassium (excellent)
- 20 mg sodium (very low sodium)
- 0 g fiber (fiber in fruit comes from the skin and pulp)
- 32 g sugars (Even though there are ZERO added sugars, there are still 64 grams of sugar per bottle!!! Even if the sugars are naturally occurring from the fruit, even one serving of Naked Juice will surely spike/crash your blood glucose!!)
- 1 g protein
The ingredient list looks pretty good!! I know what almost every ingredient listed is. It does contain natural flavors and you can read more about those here. I believe that a moderate intake of natural flavors is okay.
So is Naked juice healthy? While there are no major unhealthy deterrents in this brand of beverage, I am concerned about the calorie and sugar content. No matter which way you look at it, 300 calories is a lot of calories for a beverage. I can see it being very easy to drink an entire bottle of juice in one sitting. Unlike a 300 calorie meal or snack filled with fiber, protein, fat, and lots of nutrients that would keep you full for hours and leave you satisfied, Naked juice just doesn’t cut it. Aside from calories, this little beverage offers almost no nutritional value either. That may seem odd for 100% juice, but look at the vitamins and minerals on the nutrition facts. Not much to contribute.
On top of doing nothing for your waistline, Naked juice will also make your blood sugar spike up high and then come crashing down fairly quickly after. You’ll be looking for another snack in no time.
If you just can’t cut out Naked juice from your weekly grocery budget, which is crazy to me, then perhaps you can compromise. If you want to drink this beverage, try watering it down or adding a couple ounces to some herbal tea. This way, you get the flavor, without all the calories. For a boost of nutrition, try adding a couple ounces to a REAL fruit smoothie! Could be a tasty addition!
Received this link to an article discussing a lawsuit against Naked Juice for using GMO’s and synthetic substances in their “all-natural” products. Yeeps! Read more here!
That’s all I have for today my friends! Hope you have a healthy weekend! Tune in next week for NEW recipes; homemade fig jam and French onion soup!!
QUESTION: Have you tried Naked juice? What’s your favorite flavor? Do YOU think it’s healthy?Print