Are you drinking Naked Juice every day thinking that you’re doing something great for your health and your waistline? Press pause. Drinking Naked Juice might be doing you more harm than good.

What’s most associated with health and fitness besides exercise? Fruits and vegetables. Anyone who wants to eat healthy automatically assumes it’s all about fruits and vegetables.

Combine that with the current craze of “juicing” everything and you have people reaching for yummy juice products like Naked juice.

With flavors like Green Machine, Mighty Mango, and Pomegranate Acai they’ve got the juice craze on lockdown.

They’ve targeted all the right words like, “green,” “acai,” “sustainability,” “power,” “fresh,” and the list goes on. They’re even dabbling in the coconut water market now because the narrative around coconut water is that it’s a “healthy alternative” to sports drinks.

I can’t knock the hustle or the marketing of Naked/PepsiCo. I give five stars on that front. But product placement and buzzwords don’t equal health. And when you drill down to the roots of Naked juice, the facts just don’t live up to the hype.

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Naked Juice isn’t good for you, metabolically.

Metabolically speaking, drinking Naked Juice isn’t much different from drinking Pepsi. Look the sugar content in comparison.

Here’s Pepsi…

comparing naked juice sugar and nutrition to pepsi
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And here’s Naked Juice Berry Blast…

naked juice berry blast nutrition facts panel
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That’s 34g of sugar in 10 ounces of Pepsi versus 32g of sugar in 10 ounces of Naked Juice Berry Blast.

Even worse, the 10-ounce version isn’t the size most people are drinking. The standard Naked Juice bottles are 15.2 ounces. That’s 50% more than the above example.

Let’s say you drink the standard 15.2 ounce Naked Juice Berry Blast for breakfast as you’re walking out the door because it’s fast, convenient, and “healthy.” That would be the sugar equivalent of eating four glazed donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts…

is naked juice like eating donuts?
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From a calorie standpoint, drinking Naked Juice is better than eating glazed donuts. The donuts would have nearly 4 times the number of calories (and are relatively devoid of nutrition). But from a sugar load standpoint, there’s no real difference.

Isn’t the sugar in Naked Juice okay because it’s natural?

Not really. Your body doesn’t know the difference between “natural sugar” and say, high fructose corn syrup.

Your blood sugar is going to spike, your body is going to dump a lot of insulin into your blood stream to compensate, you’re going to crash, and then you’re going to be hit with cravings.

There’s no metabolic sensor that says, “ohhhhhh, this sugar is coming from fruit juice. Stand down, pancreas!”

The reason why Naked Juice is better than Pepsi overall is because it contains far more micronutrition (vitamins and minerals) without all the nasty fake ingredients.

That doesn’t mean that Naked Juice is healthy, though. This sugar-content issue is a real problem.

It’s a problem with any juice, really.

Fiber in fruit is what helps regulate the digestion and absorption of the sugars found in those fruits.

Fiber also helps fill you up, preventing over consumption.

Your body can easily handle the sugar in whole fruit because the fiber will regulate your consumption of it as well as regulating the metabolic impact.

But Naked Juice has no fiber. There’s nothing there to mitigate the load or the total intake. At the end of the day, it’s simply too much sugar at one sitting, especially if you’re drinking this stuff day after day (which many people are).

Let’s use orange juice as an example. It takes three or four oranges to make a single 8-ounce glass of orange juice. So you’re consuming the sugar and fructose from three to four oranges in each 8 ounce glass.

But, what if you sat down to eat four whole oranges? For one, it would take a lot longer. The time span would help regulate the metabolic impact.

Second, you would consume lots of fiber.

Third, you’d probably get satiated well before finishing all of the oranges (also thanks to the fiber).

This is why eating the actual fruit is always better and healthier than drinking only the juice and it’s why I recommend whole foods over juices to all my clients.

Isn’t Naked Juice healthy because of the nutritional value?

I’ve already acknowledged that Naked Juice has a lot more nutrition than an alternative beverage like Pepsi, which contains almost the same amount of sugar per ounce.

That’s certainly a plus. For a diet that’s fairly devoid of nutrition like the Standard American Diet, getting more nutrients into your body is a great thing.

I prefer to look at things in context, though. You can’t isolate one factor and use that isolated factor to claim that something is healthy. This is especially true when there is easy access to much better alternatives.

This argument doesn’t apply to every Naked Juice drink equally, of course. Naked Juice Kale Blazer has more nutrition and less sugar than Naked Juice Berry Blast. The point I’m making here will largely be dependent on the Naked Juice selection you’re making (but still applies to all of them to a significant degree).

This brings up another important point. Don’t be fooled yet again by the marketing on the bottle. They’ll use imagery and naming, like “Sea Greens” to make it seem like a drink is mostly made up of nutrient-dense greens. Except, a closer look reveals that it’s mostly cheap, high-sugar juices…

ingredients in naked juice sea greens drink
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There’s nothing “greens” or “veggies” about apple juice, orange juice, bananas, and strawberries. It’s all sugar with a little celery (not very nutritious), spirulina, and dulse thrown in at the end.

Yet, the bottle is green, the product is green, the label says “veggies,” and it’s named “Sea Greens.” It’s all marketing.

Does it matter that there’s “no sugar added?” No, because it’s chock full of sugar already. Sugar is only added to things that don’t already contain a lot of sugar naturally. Again, that label is there to make you think that because they didn’t add sugar, this drink is healthy.

The reality is that you can get a lot more nutrition with a lot less sugar by eating real, whole foods. While drinking Naked Juice is better than drinking a milkshake, it’s still a far worse option than eating nutritious whole foods that provide real satiety and don’t disorder your blood sugar .

If you want to get and keep a body and life you love, it’s important to understand these topics in context. If Naked Juice is a daily thing for you, it’s doing you more harm than good…

Low-satiation, high-sugar foods are a problem in general.

While the calories in, calories out model of weight loss (CICO) has a lot of issues, it’s not wrong in the end. If you eat more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight.

My biggest issue with the CICO model is that it doesn’t explain why you’re eating more calories than you need. This is an interesting question considering your body has an advanced and highly accurate internal calculator that’s supposed to prevent significant overconsumption.

Naked Juice presents two clear issues along these lines.

The first issue is that Naked Juice destabilizes your blood sugar. Remember, a bottle of Naked Juice Green Machine has 60 grams of sugar in it and zero grams of fiber. That puts you on the blood sugar roller coaster and can cause cravings after your blood sugar crashes.

The second issue that Naked Juice has 300 calories in a bottle, but provides very little satiety. If you target foods that are better at driving satiety, like protein-rich foods, then you’ll be inclined to eat less in total.

So Naked Juice is bringing in 300 calories, not contributing much to satiety, disordering your blood sugar, and triggering you to eat more later. Does that sound like a recipe for success?

This is where the “but it has vitamins” argument really fails. You can only consume so many calories without gaining weight. It’s not just about packing nutrition into those calories, it’s about packing satiety into those calories as well.

If you don’t prioritize foods that drive satiety, namely protein, you’ll tend to over-consume.

If you don’t prioritize foods that stabilize blood sugar levels, you’ll tend to over-consume.

Most of the people who come to me for help are trying to lose body fat in a sustainable and consistent way. Let me tell you something – sucking down high-sugar, low-satiety juice drinks puts a huge damper on that mission.

Naked Juice is being sued for false advertising. Can we trust what they say?

It turns out Naked/PepsiCo is being sued. While they tout “all natural” ingredients, it appears someone has concluded that many of their ingredients are GMO and some are synthetic. The lawsuit highlights:

1) Labeling its products as “Non-GMO” when, in fact, it knowingly used genetically-modified ingredients in its products.

2) False and misleading labeling of its products as “100% Juice”, “100% Fruit” and “All Natural” when the products contained many different synthetic ingredients and synthetic fibers such as:

  • Fibersol-2 — a proprietary synthetic digestion-resistant fiber produced by Archer Daniels Midland and developed by a Japanese chemical company.
  • Fructooligosaccharides — a synthetic fiber and sweetener.
  • Inulin — an artificial and invisible fiber added to foods to artificially increase fiber content with the typical fiber mouth-feel.

3) Intentionally misleading and deceiving its customers.

This isn’t good.

Personally, I feel like Naked is mostly honest and truthful in their claims. I’ve already pointed out some deceptiveness in their marketing, but it’s mostly par for the course.

I don’t consider Naked Juice to be very helpful in terms of reaching your goals, but I don’t think it’s the worst thing you can be drinking either.

It’s mostly sugar because straight Kale juice is hard to sell. And there’s plenty of consumers who think tons of natural sugar is just fine and healthy. It’s not like Naked is shares a lot of responsibility for the obesity and preventable disease epidemic we face (like Pepsi does).

Updated August 2017 – “PepsiCo will revise the bottle labels on its Naked Juice brand following a lawsuit claiming that the labels misled consumers about the product’s real ingredients.”

What are the healthier alternatives to Naked Juice?

While my official recommendation is to avoid juices, I never take a rule-based or arbitrary restriction-based approach to health & wellness. So, here are five better alternatives to Naked Juice that you can switch to for more upside and less downside…

Naked Juice Alternative #1: Home Juicing

Why am I starting with the obvious? To make a very important point.

When you juice everything yourself, you can ensure that you’re getting maximum nutrition, maximum freshness, and maximum nutrient density. You can also control exactly what goes into the final beverage, giving you completely control over the sugar content.

If you’re interested in doing this at home, we recommend the following juicers…

Best Value Juicer: Breville Compact Juice Fountain

Best Quality Juicer: Omega Masticating Dual-Stage Juice Extractor

Best Budget Juicer: Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor

Naked Juice Alternative #2: Chuice

One of the problems with juicing is that it doesn’t require chewing.

Since digestive enzymes are triggered by chewing, this means you may not be extracting as many nutrients as possible.

Chuice solves that problem by being a very chunky alternative to traditional juices. It’s called “chuice” because you have to do some chewing.

The chunkiness also packs 6g of fiber into every 8 ounces, something you won’t find in many traditional juices (Naked Juice Green Machine has 0g for example).

Chuice is also more than just veggies. It contains seeds, nuts, and herbs.

You can order Chuice online at

Naked Juice Alternative #3: Evolution Fresh

Evolution Fresh offers a broad range of juice products. Not all of them are great (some of them are just as metabolically destructive as Naked Juice).

The ones we recommend as alternatives are their “greens” options (of which there are numerous choices).

Make sure to check the nutrition facts as not all of them are acceptable. For example, their “Super Green” option packs 52g of sugar in a bottle.

Find more at

Naked Juice Alternative #4: Blueprint Juices

We like Blueprint juices because they have some interesting, less traditional options.

For example, check out their Turmeric Tonic. The health benefits of turmeric are well stated in the research and that’s a “juice” drink that you don’t see very often.

They also have a Ginger Maple Tonic with apple cider vinegar and cold-pressed lime juice that looks spectacular.

Blueprint juices are also non-GMO verified and USDA organic.

Find more at

Naked Juice Alternative #5: Bolthouse Farms

Most of their juices are pretty sugary, but there’s one that stands out from the rest (assuming the nutrition facts label is legit – their site is a little unclear on the serving size).

Give Daily Roots a shot. According to what we’re seeing on their site, there’s only 10g of sugar in 15.2oz.

Daily Roots is a combination of beets, purple sweet potatoes, and purple carrots.

Find more at

Are you a Naked Juice drinker?

Again, I’m not suggesting that Naked Juice is going to ruin your health, make you fat, or give you diabetes. I just want you to be aware of the reality versus the claims made and the mainstream perception of products like Naked Juice.

You can do whatever you want as long as you’re making an informed decision.

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  • I do have to say that was an informative post! Definitely agree that Naked Juice has a lot of sugar. I brought the blueberry one along with to a jiu jitsu competition this past weekend. I think a few sips was enough sugar to at least make me feel like I had more energy (from the sugar) between matches.
    I didn’t know it was made with GMOs.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Thanks for the comment Jennifer. How long have you been training BJJ?

      • Will says:

        This is going to sound rough and I hate to say it since people will rain hate on me but this article just seems like a 1 sided blast of Naked more than an unbiased, factual article. So I am here to even things out a little bit with good ol’ fashioned research. Here goes:

        1.) FOR ONE, this is going to tick off a ton of hippies but GMO is a buzz word with no meaning behind it. Studies by Berkley, and Stanford have proven there is no definitive change to a foods nutritional value if it uses GMOs as opposed to organic.

        2.) Fruits contain sugar, and? Not only do they contain sugar they also contain vitamins and minerals. If you’re telling me there is too much of a good thing that isn’t brain surgery considering too much of anything will kill you. However, I don’t like that Naked is using additional sugar and think that it should be cut out.

        3.) At least as of recent times there is actually fiber in Naked. For example “blue machine” has 13 grams per bottle or half of the daily recommended amount (not bad).

        4.) This article makes a claim with no evidence to support it about how all of the vitamins have been removed from it. If you say that I would like some percentage of nutrients lost. By the way, even if there was a loss in the nutritional value this in’t exclusive to smoothies. For all the people poo-pooing this it is done to remove bacteria like e coli (which is not caused by pesticides in case you were thinking it).

        Now, I’m not saying the smoothie is God’s gift to the world but I would like to see factual claims that says “here is why it is good, here is why it is bad, here is our verdict, here is our sources that led us to this conclusion.” In fact I agree that the fruit to veggie ratio is a little skewed, I would like to see an increase in the amount of greens like kale. Maybe even a sweet potato smoothie.

        Here are my sources that led me to my conclusion:

      • Kevin Geary says:

        You missed the point and have repeated the same false dichotomy that everyone else has repeated. The argument is not: “there is no nutrition in Naked Juice.” The argument is clearly laid out in the article for why Naked Juice is not the best way to get vitamins, especially if you’re concerned with your weight.

      • Florc says:

        I read the whole article and the whole back and forth. With that said and an outside view here I took the article as a complete negative to Naked. I was actually wondering if I should toss out the Naked Juices in my fridge! Yes, sugar is sugar to the body and it’s always better to eat the fruit fresh off the tree. I agree. The tone of the article was very damning without providing support to the claims. Don’t just tell me 2+2=4. Show me how you got there.
        To Kevin Geary. Instead of providing you attacked Will personally by stating he MUST work for naked or hold stock since he disagrees. You lost me there.

        I rechecked my Naked labels and most have a good amount of fiber. Plus i’m active and sometimes a smoothie is the easiest source of calories with nutrition and keep going post work out. It’s your blog and you can post as you like. Bias and all. And just because a product comes from a company that produces unhealthy products doesn’t make all they produce bad. In the end it should all be about a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition and exercise. Naked helps me with that.

        And no. I don’t know who Will is and i’m a nurse at a hospital and not employed by Pepsi Co.. I was just researching Naked Juices.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Thanks Florc. The fiber thing is actually debatable (as to how healthy insoluble fiber actually is). I got cagey with Will because I felt he was refused to see the big picture. I think you have too — my job is to tell people what’s optimal, not what’s convenient. Naked Juice simply isn’t optimal.

      • Kraig says:

        This article is very contradictory on it face. Your body absorbes sugars at different rates and fiber plays a big role in that. High fructose corn syrup is man made and absorbs almost instantly fructose does not. Mountain Dew has no nutritional value what so ever and is a very acidic product. Naked Juice has nutritional value. Ripping up frutose and saying eat more fruit makes no sense what so ever. I am not arguing eating fresh might be a better choice only if comes from a local farmer. Since most super market produce comes from around the word, I would hardly call that fresh. How about I pick it before its ripe, then gas it or irradiate it just before it goes on to a grocery shelf to make it look ripe. Now that is fresh. Now its expressed that fiber is controversial. I am sure that the information is well intended.

      • Will says:

        No juicer, I am a software developer and work 10-13 hours a day. My current diet, is, let’s just say poor. I’m only 25 so I have been able to get away with it to this point but have been wanting to eat healthier. I don’t want to spend time juicing fruit and this could give me an easy way to get my fruits and vegetables in the morning on my way to work. With all that removing all the GMO hate would you consume a smoothie, if so which one, why?

      • Kevin Geary says:

        In this nonexistent hypothetical world, can I juice my own fruits and vegetables?

      • Will says:

        Not an employee, in fact I hate Pepsi. That being said if your entire point is eating whole fruits and veggies is better than in juice form because it takes longer to consume. Which, in effect, causes you to get fuller off a smaller amount thus making it easier to moderate intake I am okay with that. With all of that out of the way, relative to other vegetable/juice blends how does it stack up? Is it better than NOT eating vegetables or fruit(assuming smoothie or no vegetables are the only options?

      • Will says:

        Sugar is sugar, fine. You did compare it to coke but when a section of your article reads in bold “Naked juice is effectively sugar water with overstated health benefits.” is a different thing. Also, if it is so simple to take facts out of context explain my various misrepresentations of the articles I was paraphrasing when I pointed out the flaws in this story.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Do you work for Naked? Are you a stockholder or something? I’m simply pointing out that eating whole fruit and veggies is far better than eating processed and pasteurized juices, both for nutritional content and hormone regulation. Please feel free to argue with that point, because what you’re arguing is nothing more than semantics.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Saying it is effectively sugar water was in relation to how your body processes the sugar in the drink. In other words, your body doesn’t know the difference between Naked Juice and a Coke. I suppose if you take everything out of context, it’s easy to argue against anything.

      • Will says:

        That may have been your intent but it is certainly not how the article reads. You JUST said “The argument is not: “there is no nutrition in Naked Juice.”” That seems like some what of a retraction from “Naked juice is effectively sugar water”, “drink naked and you drink pesticides”, and you questioned the actual amount of nutrients in the drink as a whole. Also, your main problem with juice is is the lack of fiber but at least as of late there is a good amount of fiber. I have no problem with rhetoric if you provide evidence to support your claim. That is why I provided sources and didn’t make bold accusations one way or the other.

        You telling me that I missed the point and not addressing any of the points I made that conflicted with your article tells me you missed the point.

      • Jennifer Louise says:

        Since June 2012.. Sorry for the delayed reply.

  • Jamie says:

    This is an unfair, biased and fact-less comment:

    Naked also doesn’t use organic ingredients, so you can be almost certain that you’re drinking a pretty hefty dose of pesticides along with your “health drink.”

    All the other claims in this article are evidenced. Why throw in this one fear and essentially debunk your entire claim?

  • Simon says:

    I’m glad I’ve been drinking this stuff twice a day for the past year….

    So what are good foods to consume that have glucose and not fructose?

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Do you need glucose for something specific?

      • Simon says:

        You don’t?

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Eat veggies and animals and you’ll get all the glucose you need.

      • Simon says:

        I’m actually starting to consider a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. It’s really hard for me to grasp since I love meat so much. However, I’ve been starting to drift away from red meat anyways. What makes it even more difficult is that I’m already gluten intolerant which leaves me very few options…

  • Matt says:

    Simple sugar and complex sugar are completely different things. High fructose corn syrup is simple sugar and fruit is complex sugar. This article can use some retooling.

    • stephanie says:

      High fructose sugar is takes hmo corn and atleast 7 chemicals to make!.. watch a documentary called .. Kings shows just the hidden truth of simple sugar..its also one of the top contributions to diabetes..because our body doesnt know what it is there for it doesnt know what to do with bummpes up our insulin just to cram it into a fat cell…

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Thanks for the comment Matt. Unfortunately, simple sugar versus complex sugar is more of a misnomer in terms of how well that classification actually helps people. The fact is that to almost everyone — especially those with a busted metabolism — sugar is sugar.

      • Matt says:

        How so?

        I look at it as, an apple takes longer to digest and doesn’t produce nearly the insulin reaction a pop tart would give me.

      • Kevin says:

        That’s true, but it’s a false dichotomy. I could get more nutrition and less glycemic load by eating asparagus covered in grassfed butter. When presented with a third option, the apple still isn’t the best choice.

      • Cyaine says:

        Actually, sometimes we do reach for Naked because it’s the best option at the time.
        Case in point, I forgot breakfast the other day. My only option at work was to go to the Deli and pick something up. I had limited cash and no credit cards. My options for breakfast drinks? Naked or Soda. I’m trying to quit soda because of the caffeine addiction. I am not yet to a point where I can tolerate plain water. It tastes like mucus to me. So… my only real option at the time? Naked.
        Given the choice between the Naked and the Soda it was “the best option at the time”.
        So yes, sometimes we do pick it because it’s the best option.
        Another case in point. I need to get more fruits and veggies into my diet, somehow. I cannot justify buying expensive fruits and veggies to juice them at home, and then toss out the pulp. However, I also seem to never be able to make it through the fruits and veggies I do buy, before they start growing mold. A) I am deathly allergic to penicillin and I have horrible allergies, so mold in any form is effectively skull and crossbones. I toss it at the first signs, and anything that was touching it. B) Mentally, once I know that raspberry container had mold somewhere in it, I can’t force myself to eat anything in it, even if it’s been washed. It all has to go.
        So, either way, I’m spending money to trow something away. Or, I can buy something like V8, V8 splash, or Naked, and drink my fruits and veggies. I’m constantly ‘dry-mouthed’ so I drink a ton of liquid during the day. (like, used to drink 3 two-liters of soda a day, currently drinking that much if not more in other non-soda options) So it is easy for me to go through a bottle of V8, Splash or Naked in a day or two, which is well before it goes bad. The only reason I have ever tossed a bottle with product still in it, was I couldn’t stomach the flavor (blueberry naked. I hate blueberries but for some reason I thought because there were other flavors I could do it. No.) So mentally, I can spend $$ on fruits and veggies that I can a) Juice and toss at least half my $$ in pulp, or b) eat but only get through part of before tossing at least half my $$ in mold and mold-infected product. Or, I can spend my $$ on a bottle of fruit and veggie juice that I can drink, and toss an empty container, tus getting the ‘more bang for my buck’ effect. Mentally.
        So once again, sometimes it really is the “better option at the time”.
        If I had more free time, where I could be home more than 3 hours a day when I am awake (and the 5-6 hours of time I get to sleep) then I might have more time to work fresh fruits and veggies into my meals or actually eat them as snacks. Right now, that’s not an option. I work most of the day just to survive my bills, and I have yet to figure out how to multi-task when I am asleep. I barely have time to take a 30 min lunch at work (which right now consists of a slimfast shake because I can drink it in no time flat, and it makes it easy to get through the second half of my day at work). Until recently I didn’t even do breakfast because there was no time. Then a friend told me to hardboil some eggs and take one for breakfast. I can peel it in the car and shove it down as I walk into work.
        In a fast-paced, cannot slow down to even enjoy life, have to work all the time, have no time to chew my food society, sometimes, sadly, the Juice is the “best option at the time.”
        I am glad some of you still get to chew things like apples and grapes and pears or califlower and carrots and other things that work your jaw muscles. I however, am forced to slurp my ‘food’ through a straw, or go without. So for me, for right now, drinking my meals is the “best option at the time” considering the other option is starvation, which, with the price of food might be coming to my door shortly as I may not be able to afford to buy food. But that’s another story entirely.

        For the record, if you made it this far in my post, the whole reason I replied is just to say sometimes, it is the best option, because sometimes it’s the only option at the time. You cannot say “People don’t reach for Naked Juice because ‘it’s the best option at the time’.” because sometimes, we do.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Yes Dante. But people don’t reach for Naked Juice because “it’s the best option at the time.” People drink it daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and with the thought process that they’re doing themselves a favor.

      • Perrofelix says:

        Kevin, “best option at the time” – some do not. I went on a juice fast a month ago and lost 5 pounds over seven days. All of it was juicing at home (a lot of kale and greens, pretty much 80/20 or maybe 70/30).

        This time around on juice fast #2, I have to pop into the office a couple of times a week (I usually work from home). So in the morning, I juiced breakfast and drank it, then juiced a drink for afternoon and put it in a bottle. I brought that bottle and 16oz of 100% pure coconut water with me on my bicycle for 13 miles (also with my laptop and clothes, the bag was probably ~40 pounds) … so my lunch green drink is a Green Machine from the 7-11 today but the rest is covered. I don’t know what a better option for me would have been?

      • dante burns says:

        Indeed, choosing asparagus out of a choowe between an apple and a poptart would be the best choice with its low sugar content and high consentatiin of vitamins and phytochemicals. However when we’re only left with a choice between the apple and the poptop the apple is the wisest option. While both do contain fructose, a quick to digest simple carbohydrates, unlike the pop tart the a whole Apple will contain dietary fiber(polysaccharide) that binds to the fructose forcing it to digest slowly, thus acting as a pseudo-complex carbohydrate. And needless to say, the apple contains far more nutrients

      • dante burns says:

        Actually, this statement is untrue. In the case of simple sugar aka, carbs, these sugars break down in the body quickly providing a quick surge of energy. Unfortunatly this energy is quickly extinguished and leaves you wiht a less then willing determination to commit to physical activity. they are: monosaccharides-glucose fructose and galactose and disaccharides-sucrose maltose and lactose. The complex sugars/carbs are know as polysaccharides- starch, glycogen and fiber. Which break down slowly and thus produce a longer feeling of envirgoration. Please di not be mis informed

  • Karen says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! So i was sitting here drinking my naked juice and one of my friends tells me that its really unhealthy because of all the sugar. I didn’t want to believe her because the sugar was after all coming from fruits so i looked it up. I’m shocked, i don’t even want to finish my naked anymore D: Very informative post!

  • linda says:

    ok I believe ..I just brought my very first bottle of green machine yesterday an when I got home I pour a glass of it ..later on that day I notice I had a bad head ache I suffer with high blood pressure but I eating right all that day was wondering what cause my head to start hurting ..was it the juice??

  • Bianca says:

    So basically you’ve told America don’t eat fruits and vegetables? And basically you skipped over the part where there is absolutely no fat in these drinks and it’s packed with essential vitamins….so the only way to stay healthy is to be a pill pusher? Oh okay yeah…this article is full of mess

  • Nate says:

    I think you’re a little too critical of the juice by flat out saying we shouldn’t drink it, mostly because it contains sugar. Comparing it to Mountain Dew is also a bit harsh. Yes, it does contain sugar/carbs/calories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t factor it into your daily goals. Obviously eating fresh fruits and vegetables is the better choice if you had to choose between them and Naked, but what if you don’t have to choose? If I’m on the go and would like to grab a drink from a gas station, choosing Naked would be much better than Dew. I think the flaw in this article is that you’re saying Naked is bad, choose fresh fruits and veggies. That’s an unnecessary comparison, we all likely know fresh produce is better, but that doesn’t make naked bad. People just need to be informed about what Naked is and what it contains.

  • Lizzy says:

    Great article!! Thank you for posting this!

  • Cece says:

    I think it’s good to point out that the only difference between fruit juice and soda is vitamins. However, the “boost” in naked is definitely bioavailable. I don’t drink it too regularly because of the sugar but when I get a carton my skin quality improves after a few days.

  • Yourarticlesucks says:

    Ummmmm sorry but your insane
    Do u mean lazy ass people who dont work out shouldnt drink them? Cuz i see nothing wrong with drinking one during my workout with water. A moutain dew is soda. Ur probibly just a crazy bulimic hippy that wont eat anything unless it comes right out of the ground. I bet you think energy drinks are healthy because they overdose them vith fake vitemins like 5 hour energy. Yes fruits have natural sugars, get over it, eat food with it!! Daaaaaaaa!!!!

  • Lily says:

    I actually drink about a third of a glass a day! I don’t drink it because I think it’s healthy, but because I need something to mix with my Trader Joes Very Green powder. I also thin out my mixture with some water. Its tastes great! I don’t have time in the morning to juice so this is the alternative I chose.

  • Phil says:

    This article is absolute nonsense, yes lots of sugar might not make you super skinny but the health benefits of getting lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet greatly outweigh the need to have 0 percent body fat.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      That’s a false dichotomy and a straw man. Nobody said the goal was to have 0 percent body fat. And the only two choices in the world aren’t Naked Juice or malnutrition. There are far better ways to get nutrients than from processed juices.

  • Nadia V says:

    People are so unnecessarily critical of this article.. As if they have been personally attacked
    Naked is not a great alternative to whole fruits and vegetables. End of story

  • Allen says:

    The claims in this article remind me of an essay that would have been written by a pimpled face high school softmore. This knucklehead of an author needs to go back to school, get an education in basic chemistry and nutritional science before writing such a woefully weak article. It was good for a chuckle though. I’ll give the little monkey that at least.

    • Hannah says:

      *Sophomore. I don’t think anyone can take you seriously when you tell the “knucklehead of an author to go back to school,” when you cannot even spell correctly.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Allen, you really make your point and display your immense intelligence with your name calling and ad hominem attacks.

  • Celia says:

    This is a great article! Personally, I have never tried Naked before, but was always curious about it because I have heard a lot about its “benefits.” I have a quick question though! I do love the “juicing craze,” as you put it. I don’t buy my juices, but make them at home with organic fruits and vegetables. Is that healthy or unhealthy?

    • Anastasia says:

      Juicing can never be unhealthy, well to me, You’re squeezing out all the nutrients that each veggie and fruit has to offer =). Because you’re drinking it it’s going straight to your system. Now I’m not a juicing expert (no ways lol) but I love juicing and I’ve never looked back. Yes consuming fruits and veggies whole is great too but its recommend to have at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. Have you seen the size or ONE serving? Idk for me it was impossible to eat that much fruits and veggies. lol. I think the fiber part always comes in play when people say juicing isn’t healthy, but there are plenty of different ways to obtain fiber. For me I mix chia seeds with water daily when I’m doing a juicing detox =) Juicing isn’t for everyone! But I like to have one everyday. It’s an easier way for me to consume my 5 servings of veggies and fruits to accompany clean eating =) And just like Kevin G said use more veggies than fruit. When you juice do the 80/20 ratio. That’s what I use. 80% veggies 20% fruit.

      I’m not a big fan of Naked either, I think the issue with me is more that they keep claiming it to be “natural” when it in fact isn’t. But then again, what can HONESTLY be “natural” if it comes in a bottle. I think people will reach for anything they want to. To each their own! – Aloha!

    • Kevin Geary says:

      It’s always best to eat the whole fruits or vegetables. But if you enjoy juicing, the best way (IMO) is to do it at home and use more vegetables than fruit.

  • Markku says:

    A great article!
    I wonder why people don’t just drink water and eat a couple of apples and/or oranges a day.
    Shouldn’t be TOO difficult.

    • Perrofelix says:

      The apples and oranges are full of fructose, is part of what the author’s point is. You’d need to be eating a bunch (like 6 leaves) of kale, and asparagus, with maybe a single orange segment to satisfy the author in terms of fruit versus veggie balance that he is critical of in the Naked product.

  • kim says:

    Kevin, I like this article for the most part. It’s very informative. Why would we ever remove the fiber from fruit and veggies and pack in the calories?? It seems counter-intuitive. Blending whole raw vegetables and fruits is the way to go, if you are looking to get in your greens in the am.

    Allen maybe you should look up the spelling of sophomore “softmore” before you go unleashing the insults to his education.

  • Nick says:

    “Where the fructose comes from is really of no concern to your body.”

    This is just false. HFCS is converted into fat immediately — fat is the last source of energy your body utilizes (before muscle). Fructose from fruit is one of the FIRST sources of energy your body utilizes (Fructose –> glycogen –> glucose). Obviously, glucose is used first but you just have to work on depleting your blood sugar levels so that your body reacts and converts the fructose into glucose.

    Aquafina also comes from PepsiCo… must be pretty unhealthy water, huh? Personally, I don’t drink bottled water but… come on, this article is ridiculously misleading and is more opinionated than it is factual.

    Yeah, if you drink a Naked every day and sit around, you’ll feel the consequences. But as long as you’re active, it’s a great source of energy that your body can use quickly if you exercise.

    If you’re concerned with your weight — exercise. If you don’t like to exercise, you can have the healthiest diet in the world and still have a BMI that identifies as overweight. You CANNOT (healthily) get a stable body fat percentage without putting in effort. You have one body, might as well respect it.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      And yet, you still miss the point:

      How much fructose is in a glass of orange juice? How many oranges you would you need to EAT in order to consume that much fructose? Now, compare that to the number of oranges the average human is likely to consume on a daily basis.

      Fructose is not bad for you in realistic quantities. But juicing a bunch of shit and drinking it daily (or multiple times per day) rather than eating the actual food is HIGHLY excessive.

      I suppose the quote should be quantified as, “where the fructose comes from is really of no concern when it’s in this quantity.”

      • Ray says:

        It is so frustrating watching you respond to criticism. Whenever someone critcizes you you cry “false dichotomy” and “strawman” and whatever else appears in your standard fallacy/debate guide.

        If someone disagrees with you they’ve somehow “missed the point”. But it is you that has missed the point, the article is fluffed up by hyperbole to the point that those who read it basically write you off entirely. You should learn to take criticism and stop being so defensive. I mean, you go and ask someone that disagrees with you if they work for Naked because the fail to see the “bigger picture”. No! They just disagree with you. Nothing more.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Thanks for your comments Ray!

  • Tony G. says:

    Okay, I just spent the last half hour reading through this article and all the way down through the comments. I’m kind of on the fence. I’m an avid cleanser (2x year) and clean eater (80%) of the time. I started buying the Green Machine and Blue Machine about 6 months back because I was in a hurry in the morning and/or my fruits and veggies would often spoil before I got a chance to get them in me. I think something could be said for everything in moderation. My morning protein shake consists of 8 oz of Green/Blue machine, vegan vanilla/chocolate protein mix, a table spoon or two of ground flax/chia/hemp/almond butter, etc., ice. I get everything I need. After changing my diet several years ago, my body knows the difference between simple and complex sugar. Since I completely cut out caffeine in my diet, most of my energy comes from sugars. I no longer use real sugar either, either fructose, xylotol is where my sugar comes from. Regardless, I get energy crash from too much simple sugar when I do intake. I don’t crash from 1 cup of Naked Juice/day and I get the vitamins I need to make it to lunch/dinner. However, I’m an ultra runner, typically running up to 60 miles/week during peak performance, but I’m not skinny by any means. I burn a lot of calories so I take in a lot of healthy calories. IMO, don’t throw away your Naked Juice because of this article. There are still all the essentials your body thrives on. Just don’t drink 4 cups/day. Water it down with ice or water and stick to 1-2 cups. I acutally mix it with Coconut water too. As far as the fiber, its in there, but I have a fiber booster I add that has a healthy ratio of insoluble/soluble fiber. Enjoy your day.

  • CRSHEEHAN says:

    Seeing people get this worked up on here is laughable. Eating healthy must lead to irritability, huh? Kevin, I really enjoyed the article. This is your area and your writing – The Internet killed objectivity.

    All that said, I guess a lot of commentators here are going to be mad that Naked Juice has to now drop the “All-Natural” label as of 7/23/13, huh? Please resume regularly scheduled consumption of your soda stand-ins.


  • Devin Wright says:

    After reading these comments, I’d be surprised if Kevin quits his article writing all together. Wow, people are insane. They see what they want to see. Great article about the importance of raw vegetables and fruits and the dangerous quick fixes we put into our bodies in place of the real thing.

  • mma says:

    Speaking of Naked being unhealthy are you aware of the class action against them? It does nothing but help support your article:

    not only that but kashi is another one of these misleading companies…it’s pretty much fraud!

  • mma says:

    What are your thoughts on this:

    “I hate the whole GMO debate since there’s nothing inherently dangerous or “bad” about them, and the whole “natural is better” thing is BS (lead is natural, for example).

    The “calcium pantothenate”, which they describe as a “synthetically produced from formaldehyde”, is actually a more stable form of vitamin B5 and has no relation to formaldehyde.

    Describing “Fibersol-2” as “digestion-resistant fiber” is redundant. All fiber is digestion resistant.

    Fructooligosaccharides is NOT synthetic and occurs naturally in food such as bananas and garlic.

    Similarly inulin is naturally occurring.

    Niacinamide is another form of vitamin B (B3 in this case), and is less toxic than the more common niacin.

    d-alpha and tocopherol acetate are the same thing. It is indeed artificial, but it’s a perfectly safe form of vitamn E.

    Cyanocobalamin is usually made via bacterial fermentation, so perfectly natural. It is also the most common form of B12.

    Pyridoxine hydrochloride is a naturally occuring type of vitamin B6.”

    • Kevin Geary says:

      The first quote about GMO is pretty misguided.

      Regardless of whether those points are right are wrong, some of them violate the “all natural” marketing Naked Juice was using.

  • lauren says:

    I’m glad I only bought two very over-priced naked juices then. Kevin convinced me. I’m still going to drink them but I’m done after that! I figured they were a load of crap . Also, the word “puree” everything on the back of it freaks me out.

  • Tom says:

    Wow this was very eye opening. I am a type one diabetic. I run 4 miles three times a week and make very strong efforts to eat very healthy foods. This summer I discovered naked and thought it seemed great. After a few weeks if drinking it 2 to 3 times a week for breakfast I noticed higher blood sugar spikes and significant weight gain. I am not a scientist or researcher but I could notice big and bad changes in my body. After reading this article it all makes sense. All that damn sugar. I feel very tricked. I knew that it had a lot of sugar but I fell for the other positives that they put on the bottle. Awful. Never drinking it again. Can’t believe I put so much of it in my body. Now I have to lose the 5-10 pounds I put on this summer instead of losing weight. Wow. Thanks for the article thanks for opening my eyes.

  • Terrance says:

    Having come from a family of dietitians and having about a dozen years of research in nutrition while working as an athletic trainer, I have to say that this article is, well, garbage. I’m not even going to bother to argue points since I can see from the other comments how it would go. I would try to politely point out why the author’s points are wrong, he would ignore the ones he can’t defend and make it personal, while maybe accusing me of holding stock in PepsiCo. Then, if I provide research studies or irrefutable evidence, he would question it or try to call it shotty, without really saying why, and conclude that whole foods are better than processed foods, as if that’s what he was trying to tell us all along. “My job is to tell people what’s optimal.” Whole foods are optimal, everyone knows that, so if that’s really your job, why not just say “eat whole foods instead.” The answer is, people aren’t reading your article to learn that whole foods are better, they already know that. They want to know where Naked ranks in the market of smoothies and “healthy” drinks.

    A tip for the future – when you make extreme assertions and fear monger, you’re going to lose the intellectually brighter side of your audience pretty quickly. Example – because it’s not organic, it has a hefty dose of pesticides. Do you think I should write an article about organic drinks and try to tell the audience they’re getting a “hefty dose of bugs”? Another example – asserting it’s “sugar water”, akin to a soda, Mountain Dew. The drink has more in common with fruit than it does Mountain Dew, yet you spend half the article talking about how it’s not fruit.

    Oh well. Infomercials make me angry at the world for praying on suckers, but at least with this article, I can respond where someone might see it and wise up… that’s all I’m hoping for. And I know this comment will make the author upset, and he’ll respond either defensively or sarcastically, but as long as he reads it, he’ll hopefully change the way he writes in the future to be a bit more objective.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      “Do you think I should write an article about organic drinks and try to tell the audience they’re getting a “hefty dose of bugs”?”

      Well, if you did that you’d be a moron. But it’s up to you.

  • John Tran says:

    Hey Kevin, Is Tom one of your buddy? Your article is one sided. You step on Naked Juice like there is no tomorrow.
    To Tom, to a healthy person that exercise but have a busy life style, there shouldn’t be a problem with drinking Naked Juice. I am lazy to eat the real stuff. I been consuming Naked Juice for 3 years now. I am perfectly fine.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      People have been drinking Mountain Dew for decades — they might say they’re perfectly fine too. Do you see where there might be a logic gap there? I’m interested if you have any hard evidence to disprove anything I said?

      • Kraig says:

        Actually as the disseminator of the information it is up to you prove you to provide the “hard evidence.” Simple arrogance is not enough! Please show us any of these ingredients in Naked Juice Products. CARBONATED WATER,HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP,CONCENTRATED ORANGE JUICE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM BENZOATE, (PRESERVES FRESHNESS) ,CAFFEINE, SODIUM CITRATE,ERYTHORBIC ACID, (PRESERVES FRESHNESS) , GUM ARABIC, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA, (TO PROTECT FLAVOR) ,BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL, YELLOW 5

      • Kevin Geary says:

        My argument is that Naked Juice is metabolically similar to Mountain Dew. And my other argument was that there are far better ways to get the nutrients than by drinking Naked Juice. And my third argument was that the health benefits of Naked Juice are highly overstated.

        What you’re doing is creating straw men and arguing against those. I won’t participate in that.

      • Kraig says:

        No straws here. Just facts that should have been included. Metabolically speaking heres a little fact: HFCS glycemic index 87, Fructose 17. Very different types of sugar. As I read the article, attempts were made by faulty comparisons. Not all sugars are the same. A body does absorb sugars differently. Hence the names simple sugar and complex sugar. A 7oz portion of Naked Juice has anywhere from 14g and up of complex fruit sugar (15 oz bottle 27and up) when compared to 30gm in a 7oz of high fructose corn syrup in Mountain. 1 Apple 23g sugar, Navel Orange 23g’s. I don’t disagree about Pepsico marketing nor about sugar consumption. However humility and a better presentation might work in your favor.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Who drinks seven ounces? The 16oz (standard size) Mighty Mango has 60 grams of sugar. When is the last time you saw someone sit down and eat 6 1/2 oranges (not sure where you got your facts than an orange has 23g of sugar — that’s a mighty large orange)?

        Are you arguing that drinking 60 grams of sugar on a consistent basis is healthy and/or good for someone’s waist line?

        The glycemic index isn’t the only factor. You should look up glycemic load as well. The glycemic load for apple juice is far higher than Coca Cola. Let’s not pretend there aren’t other variables at play. This article was written quickly to address the three main points and the fact that Naked just settled a massive lawsuit for one of my points backs me up.

        Sorry I couldn’t provide every single detail known to man for you. I guess that’s why it’s free.

      • Kraig says:

        The law suit was about marketing and not about the contents of product. And don’t split hairs about the GMOs since the law suit is from 2007, when GMO information was not as readily available at the time. Monsanto did not give that information out as public knowledge.

        Its a med naval orange. And who drinks Mighty Mango on a consistent basis. Really. Another strawman!

        Of the many things that were left out the gylcemic load is just one. Which by the way on its face says that sugar is not sugar and your body does not handle all sugar the same.

        The inference in the article was that “all” naked products have 60g of sugar. Not fact. Many are under 30g. Another inference is that sugar is sugar. Not fact. Their are simple sugars and complex sugars. Your body knows the difference

        Actually Coke glycemic load is at about 267, and Apple Juice is 87. This continued comparison of Naked Juice to soda is a little monotonous and egregious.

        And yes before writing an article free or not, quick or not, research is not that hard to do. As can be seen from people responses and the continued arrogance regarding same the information you attempted to get across did not settle well.

        Being humble and trying to do a little more search would certainly help with any ones writing skills. No one here has disagreed with eating fresh.

        You seem to have some great ideas about a lot stuff. Take your time and say what mean and mean what you say.

      • Kevin Geary says:

        Actually, it was about ingredients. That’s incorrect.

        And you’ll need to post your glycemic load source. It contradicts mine. I do my research. If you want to suggest otherwise, post your sources.

        Look, I have clients to tend to. You’re welcome to debate with others, but I have work to do.

  • MC says:

    Just because you’re trying to sell a product doesn’t mean you can falsely discredit another. Grow up!

  • Abby says:

    I’m so glad I came across this article! I juiced organic veggies for 3 months to clear an immunity disorder. Then I got lazy and bought green machine from Costco. A few days later I started breaking out in hives and I couldn’t understand why. The only thing in my fridge that isn’t organic is naked juice….but since it had an impressive list of “boosters” I thought it would be just fine. Marketing has brainwashed most of us. I have an aunt with MS…and she takes no medication and eats all local organic fruits and veggies….and has actually been told she has no signs of the disease unless she is exposed to MSG or pesticides. I’ve read some of the comments people have written….and I hope some people start finding time to do the research on what they are eating, because you are worth more than what this world is trying to feed us. It is more expensive to buy organic and be healthy….but its a choice. Do you trust that God actually did provide us with everything we need for healing and nutrition in its natural state….or do you trust that man and science have created something even better for you, conveniently and cheaper? I highly doubt ANY scientist in the food industry cares about your health AT ALL. It makes me sad that organic is so expensive…but everyone in this world is chasing after the dollar. All I’m saying is you have a choice. Whether you drink Naked or juice organic, its your health…just get educated. There are so many resources out there, you deserve to know the truth. Start by watching “Hungry for Change”. The truth speaks for itself.

  • Lies and Slander says:

    In my honest opinion there is a hidden motive behind this article. I am living proof that these things are not true. When I first started looking for a way to lose weight I weighed 320 lbs. I was then shown the “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dying” documentary and juicing fascinated me. So I started juicing, however the costs of vegetables were much too high. So instead I did the juice fast for 60 days using Naked juice. Now about 8 months later, my BMI is at an all time low, and I weigh 185 lbs. I had regular check ups by my doctor and said I was completely healthy. I did jogging on a regular basis, but that’s it. Naked is good and I think there is some sort of movie behind this slander article being posted.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      When someone says, “I’m living proof,” I tend to stop listening. While I applaud your success, strategies have to be sustainable long term to be of any merit. Come back in five years and tell us how you’re doing. 8 Months of severe calorie restriction “works” for some people but isn’t sustainable. And the fact that your doctor said you’re in great health doesn’t mean much — doctors don’t know what they’re supposed to do with you until you have a disease. The “biomarkers” they look at are typically worthless.

      • Kyle says:

        I actually totally agree with you, Kevin. Fructose does not have a high GI, and that’s exactly why it has been seen falsely as being healthy. Just because it doesn’t jack up insulin doesn’t mean it’s not devastating on the liver in high doses. In fact, only the liver can process fructose, while every cell in the body can process glucose. High amounts of fructose are fare more dangerous than the equivalent amount of glucose. Your comparison of Naked juice to soda is spot on. In fact, Naked juice might actually be worse, considering people think they are doing something healthy by consuming these drinks. Same with Smoothie King and Jamba Juice.

      • Kraig says:

        Kevin are you saying that you did not loose your weight by calorie restrictions. And now your saying the world wide medical community doesn’t know what there doing. Do you actually have any nutritional training? Perhaps a degree?

      • Kevin Geary says:

        The people with a degree tell upwards of 80% of heart attack patients that they have an approved cholesterol panel.

        The people with a degree feed diabetics cereal grains, fat free milk, and chemical jello IN THE HOSPITAL.

        Doctors do not receive extensive nutritional training. And the nutritional training most nutritionists receive is bought and paid for by Big Agriculture.

        What part of that degree helps anyone? You’re asking the wrong questions.

      • Kraig says:

        Now who is throwing straw men. So with a little one who”s your pediatrician? You are correct the food in hospitals sucks. Insurance runs hospitals not doctors. You are also correct that Dr.’s don’t usually have any nutritional training. The question was in regard to your dietary training?

      • Kevin Geary says:

        When the people with degrees are killing everyone, it’s best to proudly stand without one.

  • Yahaira says:

    Kevin, thank you for wanting to help. I know that was your intent. I’m still trying to figure out how to best be healthy since there are so many theories out there. I do like Naked Juice and have been giving it to my toddler who is an extremely picky eater (does not eat fruit, veggies, meat, etc.). It is his favorite juice. I must say I will continue to research to develop a full understanding of what would be healthiest. And yes, pasteurization does affect the nutritional value of fruit juice (just as when a juice is “from concentrate”), so it is not as beneficial as eating the fruit itself, especially if it is not organic. Thanks again.

    • Sabrina says:

      I was brought to this page when attempting to find a home recipe for Green Machine, as my toddler refuses to eat certain fruits and veggies.I want a healthier alternative to this processed version. I have to say that the article does come across as a bit aggressive, although I imagine it’s actual passion about enlightening us regarding PROCESSED food. To those of you that have no time, and are lucky enough to afford it, groceries have packaged, unprocessed veggies and fruits that you can take with you and eat on the run or possibly at your desk. Also to the lady who thinks organic it’s a choice, sure, but some of us are barely able to pay our bills. Sometimes life is about the lesser of evils, which is why so many people were offended in the first place…
      Anyways I will keep looking for a fresh version of this product, one where I can control fruit and veggie content, and freshness.
      Thank you for confirming what I already suspected about this too-good-to-be-true product!

  • Jamie says:

    I am so glad to have found this article. I will be sharing it with many. I have tried probably every flavor of Naked juice and they are all too sweet. I have said this to numerous people in my workplace who insist they are doing something healthy for their bodies by gulping down these bottles of sugar. Just look at the nutrition facts, eat a peach instead.
    Thanks again

  • Chelsea says:

    My heart is BROKEN! I love naked juices! I always thought it was a “healthy” alternative to pop, milkshakes, or even other juices. I’m really going to have to think twice before I drink those three naked juices sitting in my fridge!! Maybe i’ll drink half at a time or just throw them away all together. Thanks for the information and being so guiding!

  • Freedom says:

    Is there any way to keep drinking Green Machine and help keep the sugar load in check?

  • Michael says:

    No.1) I would like for everyone to know that thus article is a bunch of BS. When the author states in the comment that, “doctors don’t know what they’re supposed to do with you until you have a disease.” and thus can’t tell you if you’re in good health or not, it doesn’t add any merit to you as a writer. I’m not a fan of juicing, Naked, anything of the sort. I was just interested in the nutritional value that Naked “could” have. Before you ask me if I work for the Naked manufacturing company, the answer is no. I’m a freshman at Penn State. The article above is completely one-sided and full of a bunch of unsupported accusations. You keep comparing Naked to Mountain Dew when it couldn’t be more different. I learned this my first day of Biology when discussing biological macromolecules, but all sugars are not treated the same, no matter the status if an individual’s metabolism, chemistry Is chemistry. Its true that in the presence of fiber (which is abundant in Naked) that simple sugar become psuedo-complex sugars and are digested slowly. Now, if you drink a bottle of Mountain Dew which contains no fiber, the sugar fructose has no regulator so its treated completely different compared to if you drank a bottle of Naked. Everyone and I do mean everyone knows that eating the whole fruit is the healthier choice. But, eating a fruit or vegatable isn’t the most convenient method. People are busy, I would know. I have 15 minutes between classes, Penn State is a big campus, and the sidewalks are really crowded. Its a lot easier to grab a bottle of Naked than peel and eat an orange while dodging speed walkers, bikers, and cars. I can also slowly drink that bottle of Naked. In fact, it took me 2 hours to finish a bottle. I’m sure you’re a very talented writer it just wasn’t shown in this particular article. In an era where people believe almost everything they see or read online, it would help people a lot more if you presented both sides of an argument, and let them excersie their brains to formulate an opinion, rather than handing them an opinion. I also haven’t been following your blog, but what are your credentials, do you have a degree in nutrition?

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Thanks for the comment Michael. I’m really interested in hearing how Doctors are good at telling you whether you’re healthy or not. Do you have an example of what makes that statement true?

      • Kraig says:

        I am interested to hear from you how doctors are not good at gaging human health.

      • Blake Morgan says:

        Hello, I have an example. You can test your telomere length. Long telomeres are a sign that you are healthy. (As are an assortment of other tests, but that is the easiest)

      • Kevin Geary says:

        “While multiple companies offer telomere length measurement services, the utility of these measurements for widespread clinical or personal use has been questioned by prominent scientists without financial interests in these companies.”

  • Sabrina says:

    I noticed that you have a toddler, and to expand upon the comment myself and another lady made further up (acknowledging that I realize you aren’t a pediatrician, and that I generally try to use common sense when feeding my son – in other words I don’t blindly follow his pediatrician either), what methods of motivation did you use to help encourage your toddler to consume more fresh fruits and veggies?

  • Christa says:

    If it has so much sugar in it WHY does it not list it in the ingredients and why does it say NO SUGAR ADDED?
    I added the Green Machine to my fruit/veg smoothies to thin it out and I bought it specifically because it has NO SUGAR ADDED, so please show me where in the nutritional label it says this, or the ingredients for that matter.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      Yes, no sugar added is great marketing.

    • Christa says:

      I see now where it states the sugar but it is not added. In case people didn’t know fruits and even veggies have natural sugar. Carrots have sugar and carbs in them so don’t think you will get away from sugar.

  • Brian says:

    I try to avoid fruits; I bought green machine as a way to get my veggies with minimal sugar — a bad idea it seems.

    Anyone know a great edible smoothie recipe to get your greens without too much sugar? I’ve juiced myself, but it’s time-consuming and I need to use many fruits to make it tolerable. I make gallons at a time and freeze them — this preserves the nutrients I hope? I started buying Green Machine to save time but am now discouraged obviously.

    Thoughts on Blue Print? Are these guys any better? Too expensive to have 3 per day on a regular basis.

  • skye martin says:

    thank you for making me realize i was just drinking sugar water when i thought it was all natural, omfg

  • Eric Bishop says:

    I was only trying to find a recipe to mix up an alcoholic beverage with this stuff. I’m not trying to learn all the health facts about it, but here’s what I think. People, just eat and drink whatever your heart desires. Just have a little bit of everything, and be moderate with what tastes really good. You should already know, if it tastes really good, chances are too much of it is probably bad for you. Sad but true. That sums up my opinion on the matter. Hell, I never realized there were that many people out there so concerned with the ingredients in a freaking smoothie product. Who cares? Has it killed you? Do you like it? Then drink it!

  • Whitney Lee Stephens says:

    For someone posting that the company provides false info on their labels, you do make a lot of bold statements with no facts. I fact checked you on a lot of the things you said were in the product and how much sugar was in it from the fruit etc and you were so wrong! Just saying. Read your labels people.

    • Kevin Geary says:

      What specifically was I wrong about? If you “fact checked” something, you’re more than welcome to post your findings…

      • Kraig says:

        The right question to ask, as the decimator of the information, where are your fact?

      • Guest says:

        The point multiple people have tried to make against you keven is your fear mongering tactic. I dont feel you have ever addressed this head on. ” Is drinking Naked juice like drinking Mountain Dew? ” is a headline in your article, not a mid paragraph sentance. Indicating that you will answer if in fact it is like drinking mountain dew. You do not answer directly but you do lead the reader to think it is the same. Do you disagree you have done this? this is a form of fear mongering where mountian dew is the comparable devil. “One of the main problems with drinking any juice is that the fiber is missing from the end result.” is also an assertion you make that i believe people on your comments just want you to retract as not true. Im looking at a naked label right now and its telling me it has fiber. “By the time Naked juice gets to your lips, it’s a processed food product nothing like the real thing” another one that implies the product is useless. But my question is: do you realize most of the people who enjoy Naked Juice buy it from a gas station with very few nutritional choices? Do you realize your article implies that there is no difference between buying mountain dew or a naked green machine in that situation?

  • Richard Heckler says:

    Hello folks.

    A good source for greens and many other healthy elements could be found in Green Vibrance which is what I add to my smoothies.

    My smoothies usually contain Organic Soymilk for protein, Organic blueberries, peanut butter, banana, sometimes a dash of Grade B maple syrup straight from the tree(so to speak) and sometimes Cascadian Farm organic granola PLUS Green Vibrance.

    Too much commercial juice can be hard on the stomach lining so says voice of experience which required aloe juice, liquid acidolpolus and creamed papaya to treat. Yes there is such a thing as too much juice. To this day I still ingest some of the”curing agents” as a preventative measure.

    Have I ever consumed Naked Juice? Absolutely. However I prefer the organic labels.

    My favorite beverage is distilled water at room temp which is manufactured with a Pur Water Midi D.

  • Kaitlyn Haggarty says:

    Anyone who reads the article can tell it’s steaming crap. Most of what he says doesn’t add up and the way this person deals with people who don’t agree with him is elementary standard at best. Just close the article and find a better one to read. That’s what I’ll be doing.

    • Kevin Michael Geary says:

      You’re more than welcome to counter anything I said in the article. Unfortunately, you’ve failed to do that, choosing instead to comment with insults and accusations. I don’t think your outrage is going to convince anyone of anything.

  • Anthony says:

    Can you add fiber to naked juice to promote proper digestion of the natural sugar found in the fruits and veggies? If so what and how would you recommend?

  • Rachel says:

    Thanks for the article! I can’t believe how many people have missed the point of it. I was just informed that I am insulin resistant (which is basically prediabetic). I was making my own smoothies and juices up til 2 years ago and then I got lazy with it after a move and new renovation house project for the last 2 year. So I’ve been purchasing Naked or Bolthouse green smoothies (in large bottles at Bj’s) & mixing it with organic bottled carrot juice. Then usually add chia seeds (which I now grind). But I’ve been gaining weight and couldn’t understand why. This totally makes sense! I’ve been spiking my blood sugar and my body couldn’t process it. Thanks!

  • Karen Glynn says:

    First I have to own up to the fact that I don’t normally drink juice, preferring to chew my food. But stuck at a train station with limited choice I bought a bottle of Naked blueberry blue moon. I have to say it was quite disgusting stuff I have encountered in a long time, it smelled so bad I asked the counter person if it had gone off, no -one could answer that question. It had a strong, weird, plasticky, chemical smell, nothing to do with blueberries- I threw it away and will never be tempted again.

  • kay says:

    Some people like to hear themselves talk. Could you say “false dichotomy” like 20 more times, please? I mean, that might make like 100 times you’ve said it? Maybe your audience doesn’t know what a “false dichotomy” is and all you end up doing is talking over people’s heads. There’s a huge difference between simple sugars and complex sugars and the way the body uses them and the fact that you’re arguing about this simply tells me that you have waaaay too much time on your hands.

    • Kevin Michael Geary says:

      I did a search for “false dichotomy” and it appears in my comments all of two times.

      There’s a huge difference between simple sugars and complex sugars and the way the body uses them and the fact that you’re arguing about this simply tells me that you have waaaay too much time on your hands.

      OR…’s my job?

      I’m not sure what the point of your comment is? Did you simply get triggered because I talked bad about your preferred juice product?

  • Mark says:

    You are a fucking nutcase. It has been shown recently and confirmed by many many many nutritionist that the benefits blueberries especially are innumerable in terms of how powerful the antioxidants contain in them are. You have to be a complete retarded moron to compare blueberries and blackberries to sugared soda. It means that your brain is retarded and you have absolutely zero common sense and zero knowledge about the current information about the power of fruits like blueberries.

    • Kevin Michael Geary says:

      You know what they’re apparently not good for? Anger.

      Settle down, buddy.

      1. Are you saying that Naked Juice is the same as eating blueberries?
      2. Where did I say that blueberries aren’t healthy?
      3. Do you really think anyone is going to take your comment seriously with this kind of approach?

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