Sodium in orange juice and other fruity beverages

lowsodium-orange-juiceI remember discussing various low sodium options with my health practitioner and asking her whether drinking juices would be a good practice. I was mostly thinking about orange juice, a common thing to have for breakfast. But the thing is, I really like most juices and I was just looking for an excuse to buy them and drink them more often. Well, the doctor shook her head and said that juices tend to be a little high in sodium. Well, anybody who knows anything about the food industry will tell you that sodium is added whenever possible. This means that even though fruits and vegetables are known for their low sodium content their heavily processed versions are not so health conscious. Therefore, discretion must be exercised by us, folks with high blood pressure. So, I had to do my own research and the results are actually somewhat encouraging. Although some juice beverages (tomato juice, for example) have a reputation for having too much sodium the overall picture is not so bad. Here is a graph with some numbers for a few popular drinks (based on USDA data).

What you see is the amount of sodium in milligrams per 1 serving (1 cup). Granted, a typical serving of any drink is usually more than just one cup, but nevertheless it seems like even tomato juice compares favorably with most cheeses. Which is important, because many people with hypertension avoid tomato juice altogether, while knowing little about the effects of cheese. And considering many health benefits found in juices even the ones with the most sodium still can find a place in a low sodium diet. Moderation is key.

Acerola juice 7
Apple juice 10
Cranberry juice cocktail 5
Grape juice 20
Grapefruit juice, pink 2
Orange juice 2
Tangerine juice 2
Tomato juice 24
V8 Splash Mango Peach 39
V8 V-Fusion Strawberry Banana 69