Juices may not be the healthiest option over soft drinks, after research revealed that they contain high levels of sugar, which could harm children’s teeth.
Juice manufacturers are subject to sharp criticism and accusations that they mislead buyers regarding the sugar content of juices.
And many juices, which are usually considered a healthy alternative to soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, contain less than 15 percent of natural fruit.
Research conducted by Which magazine showed that some drinks contain up to six tablespoons of sugar, while the fruit content in some may be as low as five percent.
Consumer advocacy groups have advised parents to read the ingredients of the juices they buy in the belief that they are a healthy option before serving them to their children.
The magazine analyzed the contents of 19 orange-flavored juices. And editor Graeme Jacobs said that almost all drinks came without the healthy image that appears when marketing, which helps to sell them to parents who care about the health and teeth of their children.
Among the 19 types of orange juice, it was found that the types that do not contain artificial intoxicating substances contain between eight and 12 percent of sugar, and half of them contain more sugar per hundred milliliters than what is found in Coca-Cola.
The study also criticized Sunny Delight, which is the third best-selling drink in the UK after Coca-Cola and Pepsi
Writing in Watch magazine, researchers found that the drink contained three to four tablespoons of sugar per 200-milliliter bottle.
While the rest of the contents of the drink consists of vegetable oil, materials and colors that give the drink the appearance and taste of natural juice, while the drink actually contains just five percent of natural fruit.