Asked 8 years, 2 months ago

What's healthier - juice or sports drinks?

Juice and Blood Sugar

I am 53 years old and have been jogging 30 minutes three times a week for at least 16 years. I’d like to know what is the better option, having a daily diet of fruit juices or a daily diet of sports drink. I notice there are between 38 and 48 grams of sugar per serving in most juices, and only 14 grams in most sports drinks—but the latter is of the sucrose type rather than fructose. My blood sugar level is in the normal range (105 to 110, 12 hours fasting), though it has been creeping up in the last few years. I have no health problems except borderline hypertension for which I take 25 mg daily of the beta blocker atenolol. I just want to avoid future problems now, and that’s why I ask.

George Kennedy
Stamford, CT


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