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Carbohydrates and sugars in 100% fruit juice
Carbohydrates and sugars


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The carbohydrates in 100% fruit juice, including the sugars, are naturally occurring and come from the whole fruit from which it is squeezed.1

Juice fact

Legally, 100% fruit juice can never contain added sugars. It is prohibited by law, whether the fruit juice comes from concentrate or not.1 In European law, if it says ‘fruit juice’, ‘pure fruit juice’ or 100% fruit juice on the packaging, that’s what it is, and only that.

Why do we use the term ‘sugars’ instead of ‘sugar’?

The plural ‘sugars’ is often used in place of ‘sugar’ to recognise that there is a mix of different naturally-occurring sugars in various fruit juices: fructose, glucose and sucrose, for example.

Are natural sugars better?

Too much sugar, no matter in which food, is not good for health, so it’s important to know how much is in food and drink.

How much sugar is in fruit juice?

Fruit juice contains around 10% sugar, which means one small glass of 150ml contains an average of 15g of sugars.2 (Learn more about what's inside fruit juice in our Nutrient Chart.)

To find out more on the sugars in fruit juice, take a look at our factsheet on the sugar profile of 100% orange juice as well as one on the nutritional profile of 100% orange juice.

To put the sugars in juice into perspective, in total, a 150ml glass of orange juice is equivalent to just 3% of the recommended calorie intake for an average 2000 Kcal diet.2

While orange juice and other juices are nutrient rich (for example, 100ml of 100% orange juice contains around 220mg of micronutrients), it’s always important to consume in moderation, like a small glass a day.




1. Official Journal of the European Union. Directive 2012/12/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council. Available at:[Last accessed 8 February 2017]

2. UK Department of Health. Nutrient analysis of fruit and vegetables. Available at: [Last accessed 8 February 2017]