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8 Healthiest Juices

By August 22, 2012health + fitness

Juice: Apple

Calories (8-ounce serving): 117
Drink it for: Polyphenols (antioxidants thought to fight cancer), potassium, iron; many are fortified with vitamin C.
Keep in mind: Apple juice tastes great, but you won’t get as many nutrients from it as from a whole apple, since much of the good stuff is in the skin.

Juice: Cranberry*

Calories (8-ounce serving): 116
Drink it for: Vitamin C, antioxidants, heart-healthy flavonoids, antibacterial properties.
Keep in mind: Cranberries are tart, so most juices contain added sugar. Choose “no added sugar” to avoid extra calories.

Juice: Grape (Red)

Calories (8-ounce serving): 154
Drink it for: Resveratrol (a compound in red grape skins that may fight cancer), vitamin C, potassium.
Keep in mind: Red may be a better option than white because of the resveratrol in the skins.

Juice: Grapefruit*

Calories (8-ounce serving): 96
Drink it for: Vitamin C, potassium, lycopene (an antioxidant), beta-carotene.
Keep in mind: Grapefruit juice can interact with some medications, making them last longer in the bloodstream. Check your prescriptions and talk with your doctor to be on the safe side.

Juice: Orange*

Calories (8-ounce serving): 110
Drink it for: Vitamin C, potassium, folate.
Keep in mind: Fortified orange juice comes with added calcium, vitamin D, and even heart-healthy omega-3s.

Juice: Pineapple*

Calories (8-ounce serving): 13
Drink it for: Vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6.
Keep in mind: Freshly squeezed pineapple juice often contains bromelain, an enzyme found in the whole fruit that may aid digestion and reduce inflammation.

Juice: Pomegranate

Calories (8-ounce serving): 160
Drink it for: Antioxidants, ellagic acid (which may block reproduction of cancer cells), vitamin C, potassium.
Keep in mind: Pomegranate juice often comes in blends with other antioxidant-rich powerhouses, such as blueberry and açai.

Juice: Tomato*

Calories (8-ounce serving): 53
Drink it for: Potassium, lycopene, vitamin C, beta-carotene.
Keep in mind: Tomato juice and tomato-juice blends, like V8, can be high in sodium. If you’re watching your blood pressure, look for a low-sodium version with less than 480 milligrams per serving.

* These juices have a slight edge, healthwise, over the others. Ounce for ounce, they pack the most nutrients with the fewest calories.

Source: Real Simple