I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not a fan of fruit juice when it comes to weight loss. Even freshly squeezed is a time bomb with which you shouldn't be tinkering. With such a low amount of fiber in relation to the sugar present, the fat is going to pack on anyway. Your best bet is to just stay away from all sugary drinks no matter if they were sweetened by nature or not.
But what about fruit? Whole, solid fruit. Yes, that's much better, but it's my belief it should only be consumed in small amounts. I'm not a registered dietitian, but I it's been my experience that two or three pieces per day (depending on the fruit) should be plenty. The reason I say this is that nature's candy is packed with sugar. While you feel you may be doing something great for your body eating a lot of fruit, you may be overdoing it in the sugar department.
I'm not saying we should completely avoid fruit since many types are rich in vitamins and minerals. In fact, fruit should be a necessary part of our menu and still a better snack alternative to most of the products available today. But why not take it a step further? Why not let the numbers and percentages work for us and reach for a powerhouse of a fruit: The pear!
A word of warning, though: Yes, the sugar in fruit is different from the refined sugar in a candy bar, but this doesn't give you license to eat all the fruit you desire as sugar is still sugar. Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver, and even then, only a limited amount is processed in that manner. The rest becomes triglycerides (fat). There's about 17 grams of sugar in one medium pear which equates to a touch over 4 teaspoons. The recommended daily allowance for women is 24 grams (6 tsp.) and 36 grams (9 tsp) for men.
So, while it's still a good portion of your daily allotment of sugar in one pear, there are many more options in the fruit world that are higher in sugar with less fiber to police it. Whether it be a higher amount of sugar or a lower amount of fiber, you can do much worse than the pear.
I encourage you to look up the nutritional info on the next piece of fruit you are about to eat. See how it matches up to other fruits in your daily routine. Calculate the amount of sugar and fiber you have remaining for the day and try to stick to the recommended amounts. Feel free to post your findings and experiences below; I'd love to hear what you've learned and how you're using the information you've found.