Is Juice As Bad As Soda? May 08 2014, 0 Comments

As some of you know, I've been delving into the world of juicing over the past year or so. The one thing that concerns me about juicing is whether or not my juices take too much of the good stuff out of the fruits and vegetables I enjoy. After doing a little bit of reading I've adjusted some of my favorite recipes into what I like to call " thin smoothies". I call them "thin" because of their watery consistency, not because I think they are some type of magical weight loss tonic. Basically these beverages are fibrous, pulpy purees with lots of water added to give them a drinkable consistency. 

This new way of doing juice cleanses makes me feel a lot better about the amount of fiber I'm taking in and makes me feel like I'm not wasting so much good food by leaving behind the not-so-juicy part of my favorite fruits and veggies. Since we're all learning together, I wanted to share a few key facts that caused me to change the way I think about juicing. 

Let's take orange juice for instance...

1. Sunshine has its underbelly

You know orange juice has a lot of sugar -- 21 grams in one small cup -- but is it worse than a cola?

When fruit is stripped of its skin, pulp, flesh and other fibrous tidbits, it's basically just sugar.That means your morning cup of o.j.. has almost 5 to 8 teaspoons of sugar per 8 oz. serving. Yikes! But despite the level of sugar in orange juice, eating the whole orange is actually associated with  a reduced risk of diabetes.




2. "C" Ya Later, Vitamins.

orange juice woman

The marquee vitamin in orange juice, vitamin C, is good for your immune system, and it's an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals. But some of its benefits are overrated: No studies have been able to conclude that vitamin C helps cure colds. Further, you may not realize that the information on the label of your store-bought juice (even not-from-concentrate brands) refers to the amount of vitamin C that was present when the product was packaged. This level of vitamin C can go down over time as the juice sits on store shelves.

With its links to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and gout and its utter lack of nutrients, soda is still worse for you than orange juice. The problem comes when non-soda drinkers swap out all their fruit or water for juice, an increasingly common diet trend.So, maybe we should all consider drinking juice sparingly or if you make your own juice turn it into a puree whenever possible and leave the pulp.