On the slimming world diet, orange juice is not syn free and can be easy to overdrink as it is in a liquid form, hence why the SW plan has syns for all mashed, puree and juiced fruits.
Orange juice itself has different syns according to the brand and whether or not is concentrate or standard orange juice. For 142ml of normal orange juice, it will use around 2.5 syns but for concentrate, it is 2.5 syns for 1.5 tablespoons due to the high strength.
In our guide below we will go over why orange juice and oranges have different syns, some syn values of orange juice from different brands a few other low syn fruit juice alternatives.
You might be wondering why orange, as it's whole fruit, is syn free while the juice is not, this is because the amount of oranges it takes to produce a juice makes the drink very high in sugar and easy to overdrink, fruits themselves are much harder to overeat with when they are in a solid form which is why they have lower syns.
Orange juice should be measured and only had within moderation on the slimming world diet as it is very high in syns and sugar, just one full standard cup could use 6 syns which is nearly half your daily syn allowance!
Typically all orange juice has a similar syn value, but they can vary slightly according to how much sugar the juice has and any additional ingredients from brand to brand.
We have listed some of the popular ones down below.
If you find that orange juice is too high in syns then there are plenty of other fruit juices to try out which are low in syns if you craving something sweet.
To conclude orange juice is very high in syns due to its sugar content and can be easy to overdrink if you are not careful and waste syns. We would suggest only buying non-concentrated orange juice with less percentage of sugar if you can to save on syns.
Also, make sure to measure your orange juice out as a cup is nearly equal to half your daily syn allowance!