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Skip the high-priced exotic fruit drinks (i.e., Noni, Mangosteen, etc), and avoid any “fruit” juice that contains concentrated pear, white grape, or apple juice, since those are just sugar water. On the other hand, you’ll get a hefty antioxidant punch from just drinking something your grandparents made famous. Prune juice got a face-lift a few years back and is now called plum juice. Research from Tufts University shows that prunes are some of the most antioxidant-packed fruits around and antioxidants protect all body tissues from aging, including your brain. Plum juice is taking full advantage of two hot nutrition trends – superfruit and mood foods. Sunsweet Plum Smart is basically doctored-up prune juice, but that’s OK. Because prune juice is a good thing. Or try Light Plum Smart, which has 63% less calories, but watch out – it is sweetened with sorbitol, which can have a laxative effect if you consume too much.  I also choose 100% orange juice or 100% pineapple juice. Or make your own. Watermelon is 92% water, so whip up a cup or two of watermelon chunks and pour into a glass! Just follow basic rules for juice – limit your intake to no more than 8 ounces a day – and you’ll be fine.