About a week ago, I was coaxed by a group of my beach-goer companions that the PepsiCo-owned “Naked Juice” was the finest drink to sip on the white sand of Jones Beach, despite its $4.00 charge (which obviously convinced me it had was nutritious and full of value). I gulped down my cool strawberry-banana shake feeling salubrious and empowered, I mean, Naked juice is a delicious all-natural drink and packed with real fruit—22 strawberries, almost 2 apples, and a little more than 1 banana (in the case of the Strawberry Banana flavored juice).
After feeling triumphant in drinking both the most wholesome and tasty fruit drink ever, I turned the bottle around to examine the nutrition label. No GMOs, no added sugar—I liked what I saw. I then scanned the back of the nutrition label to see a bunch of 0%’s which I figured too was a good sign. I then glanced over the carbohydrate and serving size numbers and found myself in shock—46 grams of sugar and 260 calories for the whole bottle! I practically drank the equivalent of a can of coke.
An analysis of Naked Juice from The Healthy Apron argues, “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 doesn’t cut it.” Aside from calories, Naked Juice almost contains no nutritional value either, void of plentiful minerals, vitamins, and fiber levels. Rebootedbody.com even compares Naked Juice to that of Mountain Dew, both serving about 60 grams of sugar in each bottle.
Clearly, despite its pleasing fruity taste, Naked Juice is hardly a recipe for those who desire to look good half naked at the beach.