Pass On Fruit Juice, Eat Fruits Instead
Fruit juice has always been considered a staple of breakfast items. A nice big glass of OJ (orange juice) plays an essential role as part of healthy and nutritious breakfast in many a household. Although it is thought to be healthy, many dieticians and health care professionals firmly believe that fruit juices aren’t as healthy as you thought they were.
Largest Source of Added Sugars
Research has shown that sugary beverages, especially fruit juices and soda, are the largest source of added sugars and is the leading cause of the obesity epidemic that is starting to become prevalent around the world. While sodas are obviously firmly placed on the naughty list, fruit juices have been given a free pass for years due to marketing and health myths. Fruit juice contains just as much sugar as fruit juices; a 12-ounce portion of Coca-Cola contains 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar, compared to 12-ounce portion of Apple Juice which contains 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar.
You might then wonder why fruit juices are advertised as “100% pure” or “not from concentrate”. Usually, when the juice is squeezed from the fruit, it is not immediately packaged for consumption. The juice is stored in holding tanks and has oxygen removed from them to avoid spoiling. This method of storage also removes any original flavor from the juice and turns it into flavorless water, in basic terms. What the fruit juice manufactures then do is to add flavor packs designed by flavor and fragrance companies to artificially add flavors back into the juice. Ever wondered why Tropicana juice tastes the same every time you open a carton wherever you are in the world? That’s because Tropicana has a signature flavor added to the juice to make it into its own branded juice product.
Another disadvantage of consuming fruit juice is that liquid calories are significantly worse than calories gained by eating solid food. Since fruit juices can be consumed quickly, excess carbs intake is also higher when drinking it. Fruit juices also contain significantly less fiber content as compared to fruits. The fiber found in whole fruits gives you a sense of “fullness”, which is severely lacking in fruit juices leading to less satiety.
“Gateway Beverage” for Children
Fruit juices are also marketed as a healthy beverage for kids when the inverse is true. Juice is considered a “gateway beverage” which increases the possibility of children drinking more sugary beverages as they grow older. Excessive consumption of fruit juice has also been linked to weight gain and cavities and the sugar present in fruit juices also worsens blood pressure and increases cholesterol.
Instead of partaking in the “juice culture”, eat a whole fruit instead. It is much healthier, gives you a more satisfied feeling reducing binge eating and has the more nutrients with less sugar. Your entire body will thank you for it.