Fruit juice is falsely perceived as healthy
Which is understandable, for the reason that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it.
But… What many people fail to realize is that fruit juice is also loaded with a ton of sugar.
In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink… and sometimes even more.
I’m afraid the small amounts of vitamins and antioxidants in the juice do not make up for the large amount of sugar.
Fruit juices are not what they seem
Unfortunately, the food and beverage manufactures aren’t always honest about what they put in their products.
The fruit juices you find at your local supermarkets may not be what you think it is…
Even if its labelled as “100% pure” and not “concentrated”.
Fruit Juices lack fibre
Fruit juice is missing a lot of things that makes whole fruit healthy.
Orange juice, for example, does contain vitamin C and is a decent source of potassium and vitamin B1.
And also contains antioxidants, some that can even increase the value of the blood.
The main problem is this… fruit juice contains absolutely no Fibre and is very high in sugar.
The Ugly Truth
- Coca Cola: 40 grams of sugar ( 10 teaspoons)
- Apple Juice: 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)
This the ugly truth about fruit juice… most types contain a shameful amount of sugar, as sugar- sweetened beverage, sometimes with even more total calories!
Eat Fruit, Do not Drink The Juice… It Is Not Healthy!
In nutrition guidelines, fruit juice is often said to count
towards your recommend 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
I think this is poor advice, because it sends the message that fruit juice is a good source of nutrients.
Most people are already eating way too much sugar as it goes…
and reducing sugar intake is much more important in my
opinion, than getting small amount of nutrients found in fruit juice drinks.
So I would recommend instead of drinking juice eat fruit WHOLE.
This way you get all the fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found naturally in the fruit.
And I think most important, your liver can’t tell the difference.
All of the harmful effects of sugary drinks apply to fruit juice.