Fruit juice was no healthier than a glass of soda? You’d probably call me crazy, right? Well this isn’t coming from me, folks. A number of experts, including clinical nurse specialist JJ Virgin, have made that very declaration.
Confused? Don’t worry; in just a few points we’ll clear this all up and you’ll know exactly what makes commercial fruit juice so bad.
3 Reasons To Stop Buying Fruit Juice
1 – Sugar
Health expert Corrie Pikul says that when manufacturers strip a fruit of its skin and pulp, the resulting juice is ‘distilled down to its sweet essence.’ In fruit juice you wind up with a very high amount of natural fructose – 5 to 8 teaspoons per cup, to be exact.
Now, just because that sugar’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good. Au contraire, in fact.
Dr. Jonny Bowden writes “Research shows that it’s the fructose part of sweeteners that’s the most dangerous,. “Fructose significantly raises triglycerides (a risk factor for heart disease) and creates insulin resistance . It also increases fat around the middle which in turn puts you at greater risk for heart disease , metabolic syndrome , diabetes .”
So does that mean eating fruit is also dangerous? No.
Dr. Mark Hyman says “When you eat fruit, the amount of fructose you ingest is significantly lower than in sweetened beverages”. “The metabolic effects of it are different because the increased intake of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients , fiber, and antioxidants helps slow absorption and improve metabolism.”
Speaking of fiber…
2 – Fruit Juice Has Very Little Fiber
In the little white pulpy bits that come with an orange the fiber lives. Pulp is usually removed during the fruit juice manufacturing process , according to World’s Healthiest Foods . The same goes for the apple juicing process, during which the fruit’s skin – a large source of fiber – gets removed.
Even if you buy fruit juice with pulp, it’s very unlikely the amount of fiber that pulp provides will come near to what the fruit originally contained.
3 – Fruit Juice Is Highly Acidic
High sugar content isn’t the only parallel we can draw between soda and fruit juice . There’s also acidity to consider; both soda and fruit juice wear away at your tooth enamel over time, putting you at a significant risk for developing cavities.
By the high sugar content in fruit juice this is made worse , which will feed bacteria that in turn creates even more acid in your mouth.
Should You Stop Drinking Fruit Juice Altogether
Stop purchasing commercial fruit juice. You can easily circumnavigate the issue of pulp exclusion as far as fiber goes, by making your own juice at home and tossing the skin/pulp in with the fruit itself.
Limit the amount of fruit juice you drink. This will ensure you don’t get an amount of acid in your body and mouth that negates the benefits provided by whatever fruit you’re drinking.
Try also juicing vegetables. It provide a similarly fresh beverage with significantly less sugar. To hear what David has to say about vegetable juice check this out .
Are you thirsty for more juicy details on this topic? Check out the following video from Unnatural Vegan!
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