Eating the fruit is always a better option than drinking its juice as when we eat a fruit we are directly taking in all the nutrients in it whereas in the process of making the juice we lose out on a lot of the nutrition available in the pulp or skin. All excuses aside we still love our Orange Juice!

The thing to note here is that store bought orange juice is mostly sugar loaded, but there are some options that are healthier. Ever wondered, which is the healthiest? Here, we give you a lowdown on the good and the bad of healthy orange juices.

Here are the leading orange juice brands in India-

Brand              No. of calories   Sugar content   Vitamin C   Potassium   Calcium   Added sugar.
Tropicana       48 kcal                 11 gm              16 mg           170 mg       18 mg        NA
Real Activ       48 kcal                 12 gm              20 mg           86 mg         18 mg       NA
Real                56 kcal                 13 gm            12.5 mg          70 mg         5 mg      Contains
Minute Maid 42 kcal                   10.5 gm            NA                 NA            NA           Contains


So, when compared both Activ and Tropicana took an immediate lead over Minute Maid and Real, since they had no added sugar. Their ingredients were primarily water and orange juice concentrate. Between Activ and Tropicana, Activ had marginally higher Calcium content, and Tropicana had more Potassium.

Product ingredients are listed in order of decreasing weight.Real’s is- water> orange juice concentrate> sugar, etc.Minute Maid’s is- water> sugar> orange juice, etc.Minute Maid has more sugar than Orange Juice, in its ‘Pulpy Orange’ drink!Between the Tropicana and Activ, the taste of Tropicana is better.

Note that most packaging is more than 100 ml. The smallest we found was 200 ml. Most of us consume a whole package, so be careful of how many calories you’re taking in. Still, the fruit is better than the juice, so go for that!