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USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine

 
   

   


Can you settle a bet between my mom and me?  I say that the sugar in orange juice and colas is the same.  She says it isn't.

Some colas and other beverages use sucrose, or table sugar, to provide sweetness.  Sucrose is made of two simple sugars, called glucose and fructose.  Glucose is the sugar found in the bloodstream, while fructose makes fruit taste sweet.  So, you're each half right, says Dr. Debby Demory-Luce, a registered dietitian with the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Although both colas and orange juice contain fructose, they certainly aren't nutritionally equal.  One cup of each provides: 

Orange juice

Cola

110 calories

120 calories

Folate

Caffeine

Vitamin C

 

Thiamin

 

Vitamin A 

 

Vitamin B6

 

Niacin

 

Riboflavin

 

Potassium  Magnesium

 

Copper Calcium*

 

Zinc

 

*Calcium-fortification makes some juices an excellent source of this bone-building mineral.

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