Is Juiced-Up OJ Better?

Getting the kids off to school in the mornings with a healthy breakfast is no easy feat. A glass of orange juice that's packed with vitamin C can help.

Consumer Reports helps you slice through the many choices you're seeing in stores.

Consumer Reports pitted Tropicana Original Pure Premium against other Tropicana with extras: Calcium plus Vitamin D, Antioxidant Advantage, Healthy Kids, and Healthy Heart with Omega-3s. All were "no-pulp."

All give you the same amount of calories, sugars, potassium and at least 100 percent of your daily vitamin C per serving.

As for the taste...

"We found all the juices tasted pretty much the same." said Erin Gudeux of Consumer Reports.

All of the Tropicana juices cost about the same, too.

But do the extras make the juices any healthier?

The ones with calcium have as much as a glass of skim milk, and as much vitamin D.

But what about the extras?

"Well, as far as the added vitamins-you're probably better off getting those from the foods you eat than from a fortified product," said Gudeux.

Consumer Reports also took a look at Trop 50 with 50% less sugar.

"Well, the testers said that it had a thinner consistency and a less intense orange juice flavor. And it also costs a lot more," said Gudeux.

But if you want to cut calories and sugar just add seltzer or water to your regular orange juice...and save money.

Consumer Reports says when it comes to antioxidants, there's no reason to buy foods fortified with them.

And the American Heart Association says it's not necessary to take antioxidant supplements, either.

Far better-eating antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.


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