Monday, November 21, 2011

Ocean Spray Sparkling Beverages

Juices are a "hit or miss" Clean items. You have to be careful; so many these days have added High Fructose Corn Syrup ( HFCS ) or have such a low amount of actual juice in them, you are not getting the nutritive value for the amount of natural sugar you are consuming. 
I was pleased to find Ocean Spray has recently come out with a line of sparkling flavored waters - flavored with real fruit juice. No added sugar, chemicals, or preservatives. It's the little bubbly drink I think I've been missing since soda and I broke up. 

From Ocean Spray:

Made with 70 percent real fruit juice and no added sugar, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, Sparkling Juice Drinks blend the fruit juice from fresh cranberries, sweet blueberries and juicy pomegranates with a splash of crisp, clean sparkling water for added effervescent refreshment. 
Offering just 90 calories per serving, one can is a good source of vitamin C and equals a full serving of fruit. Juice lovers looking for an alternative with fewer calories can enjoy Diet Ocean Spray® Sparkling Juice Drinks with just 10 little calories per serving. Like the original, diet varieties are also made with real fruit juice, are a good source of vitamin C, and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Ingredients: Grape and Cranberry juice from concentrate, sparkling water, fumaric and ascorbic acids, and "Natural flavor" 
Note: fumaric acid is a naturally occurring ingredient that keeps the "fizziness" in sparkling water. Ascorbic acid is Vitamin C. 
Another note: Stayed tuned about "natural flavor" - I did some research on the topic, and will post about it later in the week. 

For the regular, non diet version of Ocean Spray Sparkling drinks, they have about 22 grams of sugar           ( fructose ) per can. While these are naturally occurring sugars - you will want to keep this in mind, and perhaps only consume a can or 2 a week at the most. 

I like finding products that will help me reach my Clean Eating goal. In the case of Ocean Spray Sparkling waters, it will be an occasional treat to indulge my Inner Soda Monster