Monitor the Sugar Content in Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is good for you, right? Hmmm, there is no simple answer to this question. Or maybe there is. If you buy fresh fruits from your grocery store or farmers’ market (preferably organic fruits) and make your own juice at home in a juicer then you will be receiving plenty of the nutrients and healthy ingredients that your body requires to keep it going. However if you purchase packaged and processed fruit juices from the store then you will be introducing heaps of sugar into your body which is not good for you!
Sugar in Fruit Juices versus Soft Drinks
Consider this- even when a fruit juice has no sugar added to it it still contains the same portion of sugar as does the bad news drink soda. This is because fruit is full of sugar to begin with! Uh, oh!
Even if no sugar is added to a fruit juice, the beverage still contains approximately the same sugar content as a soft drink. Most fruits such as apples, grapes and oranges are naturally high in sugar. A 12 ounce container of orange juice with no sugar added contains eight teaspoons of sugar. A 12 ounce container of apple juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar (yes 10!). A 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you take a close look at the label on a can of soda or a commercial fruit juice the carbohydrates found in it are mainly sugar. Approximately four grams of sugar carbs equals one teaspoon of sugar.
What this demonstrates is that even juices that are supposedly made of 100 percent juice with no sugar added contain close to the same amount of sugar as does that found in the soft drink, Coca-Cola. Fruits juices that are labeled as “100 percent juice” are certainly nowhere close to that. Not only are they loaded with sugar which is bad for your insulin levels, your heart and your waistline but they are loaded with empty calories which do nothing good for your body in terms of health.
In juices that claim to be “100 percent juice” the sugar comes from fructose which is naturally occurring in fruits. On the other hand when you come across juices labeled “10 percent juice” (or 20 or 30, etc.) the majority of the sugar in the fruit is high-fructose corn syrup which is something that is very bad for health and should be avoided. Consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes, heart problems and obesity.
Alternatives to Sugary Fruits Juices
Instead of drinking fruit juices or sodas drink nature’s top thirst quencher- water. The body needs water to keep it healthy and to help it to get rid of waste material. Drink water often throughout your day as it satisfies like no other drink does! Drink it at home, on the road, at school and at work. Drink it anywhere! If you find water a tad dull then add a slice of lemon or lime to it to give it some added fruit flavor.
If you crave the taste of fruit juice then make your own. Buy a juicer, research some fruit juice recipes online and then make your own natural fruit juice right there from the comfort of your own kitchen. Choose organic fruits whenever possible. Explore the many options that natural fresh juice has to offer you. Yummy!