Like what I’ve mentioned before, not all vibrant and sweet juices are good for our health. Dietitians advise to stay away from liquid candy. Not all packed as juice are actually healthy. Watch out for juice cocktails, juice-flavored beverages, and juice drinks. Most of these products contain only small amounts of real juice. They can contain as little as 5 per cent actual fruit juice. Their main ingredients are usually water and some type of sugar, such as high-fructose corn syrup. Contrary to what natural juices contain, these type of drinks are only rich in sugar and calories, but low in nutrients. Research suggests that such drinks increases the risk for obesity and related health problems.
In the previous article, we’ve discussed that vegetable juices are the best choices but fruit juices aren’t far behind. You just have to be careful. Real fruit juices are loaded with vitamins and disease-fighting antioxidants, but they are also naturally high in sugar and calories. A cup of pure apple juice can have as much sugar as some candy bars.
Dieticians recommend sticking to one juice serving per day. So let’s explore which juices would give the biggest nutritional payoff per sip. Include the following in your choices:
Tomatoes can make very good juices because they blend very well with lots of fruit and vegetables and produces a very pleasant taste. Tomatoes can lower the risk for many type of cancers (especially testicular cancer in men) and is good for the heart due to its high amount of lycopene.Tomatoes become acidic when cooked but juiced tomato would not have the same effect. It’s completely different when it’s raw.
Aside from the antioxidants and iron, and potassium that prune contatins, prune juice has long been recommended to relieve constipation because of high-fiber content and a natural laxative called sorbitol.
A breakfast staple, orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, a star for its immune-boosting benefits. Unsweetened orange juice has fewer calories than some berry juices or grape juice. Orange juice, most of the time, is fortified with calcium and vitamin D, nutrients that strengthen the bones.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you’re getting the best of these juices:
Instead of getting “fruit drinks”, “juice beverages”, “juice cocktails” or “juice drinks from the grocery, replace them “freshly-squeezed fruits.” Make your own juice.
Don’t make your juice before you need it. Juice loses most all of it’s live enzymes in about 15 minutes.
If you buy your juice, the best places are juice bars where you can watch your freshly-squeezed juice being made. If yu buy from the grocery, make sure it is 100% from fruits and not made from concentrate. Check that sugar or other sweeteners are not added.
Take your time drinking your juice. This will prevent the fruit sugars entering the bloodstream too quickly.
Experiment with different varities. Instead of just drinking the traditionally squeezed fruit juices, try smoothies. The fibers from the whole fruits will help to slow down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream