We’re told that soda drinks ought to be replaced by some healthier solutions, like homemade juices using organic fruits and vegetables. When you think about it, it really does sound like a much healthier way of introducing vitamins into your body. There’s nothing wrong with apple juice mixed with orange, cranberry, or blueberry juice. Or is there?
Well, according to some new studies, fruit juices might not be as healthy as we initially thought. Juice is a part of practically every diet today. It’s hard to see one eating without some colored liquid around him/her.
Juice has its benefits, to be honest. For example, they are a vitamin and mineral supplement for those who find it hard to eat enough fruits and vegetables. But despite that, it appears to not really offer much to the body, and according to experts, may do more harm than good.
Below are some surprising reasons why drinking juice is not as healthy as you think.
JUICE LACKS NECESSARY FIBRE: While juice does contain the vitamins and minerals you’d find in fresh produce, it’s devoid of the vast majority of dietary fiber — the parts of the plant your body can’t digest. Fiber moves through your gastrointestinal tract to help regulate healthy digestion and keep you full longer, according to experts. Eating a high-fiber diet has also been shown to reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. And without the missing fiber, juice won’t keep you full. Research has found that drinking nutrients is less satisfying than eating them.
MOST JUICES ARE JUST SUGAR: Most produce naturally contains sugar, and fruit typically packs more than vegetables. Without fiber in the mix, juice is essentially just the natural sugars and water found in its ingredients. Though natural sugar may seem harmless, your body does little to distinguish between the sugars in an apple versus those in a piece of candy. When you drink juice, on the other hand, the sugar hit is immediate and unmitigated, leading to insulin spikes and eventual crashes. In the short-term, this means your energy levels are likely to seesaw; in the long-term, insulin spikes may contribute to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and other issues.
JUICE MAY INCREASE WEIGHT GAIN: When your body gets a hit of sugar, it expects calories and substance to go along with it. When you drink a sugary juice without consuming any fiber to keep you satisfied, your body can get confused and hungry—potentially leading you to overeat later on. Studies have shown that consuming solid foods, as opposed to liquids, may offer more satiety, leading people to eat less afterward.
JUICE IS BAD FOR THE TEETH: The outer layer of your teeth is the hardest substance the body can produce. This enamel is harder than bones, but still, it is nothing if it exposed to the acids produced by bacteria that feed on sugar. When we drink high-sugar drinks we are soaking every nook and cranny of our mouth in them, which bacteria use to multiply. The simplest solution would be to thoroughly rinse your mouth or brush your teeth right after drinking fruit juice.
Juice may not be the health hero it’s made out to be. If you love it, though, it can be part of a balanced diet. Just keep portions moderate, incorporate plenty of low-sugar vegetables in your blend and have some fiber-rich foods in or with your beverage.