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How much sugar are you really drinking?

Holding bottle of orange juice
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By Markham Heid for Prevention

PreventionThe claim: Fruit juice may be the diet saboteur that’s holding you back. That’s because, if you’re like most people, you hugely misjudge the amount of sugar—and sugar’s waist-expanding calories—found in fruit drinks like pomegranate juice and orange juice, finds a study published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

The research: More than 2,000 people surveyed were asked to guess the sugar content of soft drinks, fruit juice, and fruit smoothies. When it came to fruit juice and smoothies, the average respondent underestimated the drinks’ sugar content by 48%, the study data shows.

Keep reading to find out how to better estimate your daily sugar intake…

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