Recently I have recommended Welch’s 100% Grape Juice provided that consumers will dilute it with water to alleviate the acute impact of its whooping 288 g of sugar per 1.9 L bottle. According to the Livestrong, a study demonstrated strong correlation between drinking Welch’s 100% grape juice and having a normal nocturnal blood pressure rate. Also, it was stated that consuming the flavonoids present in the skin, seeds and stem of concord grapes could improve your coronary health. However, read to learn why CSPI whacks Welch’s over deceptive health claims. So finally you will have to decide for yourself. But I can tell you that neither chlorinated sugar (sucralose, Splenda) of Welch’s Light, nor azo dye food colorant Red 40 of this Welch’s Grape Juice Drink do not help to improve your health.
DyeDiet Doesn’t Buy It!
Please note that although both Welch’s “grape juice drink” and Welch’s “100% grape juice” technically are “drinks,” they are quite different by content and possible health effects. As you can see from the DyeDiet diagram, water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, preservatives and artificial color Red 40 are added along with only 10% of juice. Therefore Welch’s Grape Juice Drink is simply 90% of water and chemicals most of which are not dangerous except the color (please read the CSPI documents Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks, page 29, and Diet, ADHD and Behavior). Accordingly, with this drink you take unnecessary chemical risk of DDFI = 10/11 ~ 0.9 and you get poor nutritional value of DDNF = 11/21 ~ 0.5. I don’t see benefits that would worth the risk. Do you? That is 42 g of sugar and no flavonoid antioxidants.
Bottom line. This example shows that if we want to make healthier, less risky food and drink choices, we need to be vigilant even when choosing within the same brand. Again, Welch’s 100% juice is your healthy choice if diluted with water whereas Welch’s Light and Welch’s Grape Juice Drink are not recommended. Hydrate yourself straight!