Juice Makes People Fat? Wait! Isn’t Juice Supposed To Be Healthy?
No. Even with the vitamins, minerals & anti-oxidants, juice is only perceived to be healthy. From this erroneous perception, a billion-dollar industry rages: juice diets, juice cleanses, juice bars, counter-top juicers & of course, the sale of juice itself.
Juice is the liquid portion of fruits & vegetables. It is prepared by mechanically squeezing the fruit or vegetable to extract the liquid. This liquid is usually filtered to remove the pulp (the fibrous, solid bits).
The Canada Food Guide no longer promotes juice as a plausible serving choice. In fact, it urges Canadians to choose fruit & vegetables more often than juice.
Juice Has Too Much Sugar!
Fruit naturally contains fructose. Fructose is a sugar. It is the sweetest of all the naturally occurring sugars.
It can take up to 4 medium-sized oranges to create an 8oz glass of orange juice. Thus, the juice is highly concentrated, containing large quantities of acid & sugar.
- Eat an orange: The sugars, acids, fibre, vitamins & minerals are in perfect balance, designed for maximum use by the human body.
- Drink an 8oz glass of orange juice: Up to 4 oranges worth of sugar & acid without the fibre to keep them in check.
“Apple and orange juices can contain about five teaspoons of sugar per cup and grape juice double that amount of sugar.”
– Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Obesity Specialist & Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa
Eating fruit (& vegetables) is healthy! In fact, eating only one orange will provide you with 88% of the vitamin C you’ll need for one day. Eating one red bell pepper will give you 404% of your daily vitamin C requirement!
What Is The Insulin Reaction?
The lack of pulp (fibre) in fruit juice allows too much sugar to be released into your blood stream too quickly:
- This causes a blood sugar spike.
- Your body reacts! Your pancreas secretes insulin.
- Insulin removes the sugar from your blood.
- This sugar is then converted into fat & stuffed into your fat cells.
- This process leaves you not only heavier, but hungry too.
This is called the Insulin Reaction. This is the main reason why consuming juice is considered unhealthy.
Fruit Juice Can Cause Tooth Decay
Repeated exposure to the overwhelming amount of acid in fruit juice will eventually chemically dissolve your tooth enamel. What’s more, the bacteria in the mouth metabolizes the excessive amount of sugar so that even more enamel is destroyed.
What About Vegetable Juice?
Many commercial brands of vegetable juice also contain fruit juice to enhance the flavour. As well, there can be huge quantities of sodium added.
Even if you prepare homemade vegetable juice, you’re still editing out the fibre (the pulp).
It’s always better to eat the fruit or vegetable whole. Chewing burns calories!
Well, If Juice Is Unhealthy, Other Drinks Must Be Worse?
Yes, it’s true.
JUICE should have 100% fruit or vegetable juice in the product. On the other hand, a JUICE DRINK is really a sugary liquid product with perhaps a little bit of juice in it. These drinks are more of a cocktail & can contain many nefarious ingredients such as artificial sweeteners or the synthetically manufactured high fructose corn syrup.
There are many sugary & processed drinks containing very little of what we would call, “real food”. While they are caloric, they have little nutrient value & tend to add fat to your body on the sly.
- Pop/soda & soft drinks
- Fruit-flavoured drinks
- Sports drinks
It’s best to stay away from all these drinks completely.
Packaged Commercial Drinks Are Unenvironmental
Commercially packaged drinks, whether a fruit juice or just a sugary liquid product, are unenvironmental at every stage of their life.
- There’s nothing environmental about oil being extracted from the ground. Plastic is produced from oil.
- Precious water is used to produce the drink.
- Energy is used & pollutants created to distribute the product globally.
- The plastic container leaches Bisphenol A into the drink. Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor that can mimic estrogen and has been shown to cause negative health effects in animal studies.
- Soft drinks are merely chemical concoctions with zero food value.
- Even recycling these plastic bottles uses up energy.
- Many more of these “single-use” containers are tossed into the land-fill. Allegedly plastic never breaks down. But it does break apart, finally into pieces so tiny that they get into the ground water & eventually, into the ocean.
All this pollution to package an unhealthy product that isn’t even necessary. By purchasing these drinks you support the corporations that are irresponsible to the environment & to human health. Please think before you purchase!
So What Can I Drink?
Your best bet is to stick with one of the 6 essential nutrients. Water! Boring, right? Not necessarily. For variety, add to your glass of water:
- A slice of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit
- Grated ginger
- Sliced up cucumbers
- A sprig of mint
During the warmer seasons, add ice as well. Your body will burn calories just warming up that ice-cold water.
Do You Seriously Believe That I’m Only Going To Drink Water?
Okay, okay. No …
We also enjoy coffee in the morning. Perhaps a tea in the afternoon. And sometimes beer or wine in the evening. All these drinks are consumed – IN MODERATION.
As well, for every serving, it’s important to drink an extra glass of water to replace the fluid lost.
Because all four beverages have what is called, a diuretic effect. This means that consumption promotes the production of urine. This, in turn, uses up the water in your body.
What about teas without caffeine? Here’s a recipe that’s simple, delicious & as unprocessed as it gets: Spicy Tea!
Are You a Wine Connoisseur?
Look for wines with less than 6 grams of sugar per litre. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s website lists thousands of bottles of wine along with the independently verified sugar (and alcohol) levels. Very handy!
– LEONG Orthopaedic Health
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