BEVERAGE BASICS: A Nutrition Rundown

BEVERAGE BASICS: A Nutrition Rundown of Popular Choices by NxJ’ers

NextJump has aimed to limit the quantity of high-sugary purchases for the refrigerators.  At issue are calories from added sugars, which means that the product has included sugar in the form of: brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose (not when found naturally in fruit – only when added to product), fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, invert sugar, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, sugar, syrup (source:

In order not to choose less nutritious beverages (and miss out on important nutrients that are already too low in the average American’s diet, such as calcium, vitamin D and protein), below is a rundown on NxJ’s popular beverages and the nutrients, including added sugars.

Take-Home Points:

1. If you enjoy drinking juice products, the healthiest way to consume is by adding water or seltzer to dilute the quantity of added sugars.

2. Post-workout, juices are okay to consume WITH A PROTEIN SOURCE since carbohydrates from sugar will help shuttle dietary protein for muscle recovery, preserving muscle and any possible muscular gains.

3. Chocolate milk is one of the best drinks to consume post-workout, since it has a combination of protein and carbohydrate.

4. If you eat little to no breakfast, any of the below can also be added to or as the meal. Ideally, you would be eating a full breakfast and not need to supplement with calories from beverages.


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