The simple answer to this topic is YES but is it for everyone, No. How is real fruit juice not healthy? Well, that I can not answer in one sentence. We all know that fruit is a healthy food choice. But whole fruit is generally healthier than juice.
In this post, we’ll look at the nutritional differences between real fruit juice and fresh-squeezed fruit juices, as well as the risks of artificial sweeteners. And in conclusion I will reveal “Is real fruit juice healthy?”
What make any juice a fruit juice?
According to the dictionary definition, fruit juice is an aqueous solution containing pulp or flesh of fruits. The beverage should have at least 10% juice and can be diluted with water. But generally, 10% barely have any taste in it and we go for higher concentration.
Fruit juices are made by squeezing or pressing the fruit, separating the juice from other parts like skin and seeds. These are then filtered so that only the juice remains. Fruit Juice concentrates the sugars and removes the fiber, which means it’s higher in calories. The key to enjoying fresh-squeezed juices is to drink them sparingly!
Commercial fruit juices are usually mixed with other ingredients such as sugar, water, tea, and/or preservatives, then stored in bottles for sale. The added sugar brings in more calories than actual fruit juice.
Is real fruit juice healthy?
Back to the question at hand, is real fruit juice healthy? Yes, it is but like I mentioned earlier, juices lack fiber and have increased sugar content, and due to this juices are better avoided for people with diabetes. Not all juices are bad for diabetes, like cucumber and carrot.
Many people believe fruit juice is healthy because it contains a natural source of nutrients, and it does. The main ingredients in most commercial juices are apple, orange, or grapefruit. These fruits have high vitamin C content, which boosts the immune system and prevents illness. Fruits also contain loads of antioxidants which help to mop up free radicals created during the aging process.
However, there is a downside to drinking fruit juice excessively. Fruits are high in natural fructose sugar which can cause obesity and eating disorders due to the sudden rush of energy it gives the body, which becomes addicting after a while. According to Healthline, “Because fruits are mainly made of water, they don’t have as many calories as other types of sugar. However, there is high fructose corn syrup in many juices that can add a lot of calories to your drink.”
Some commercial fruit juices are labeled as ‘drinking yogurts’ or ‘milk’ instead of being recognized as real juices by the law. These drinks are not recommended for children under four years old because they contain high sugar and low levels of calcium.
Generally, it is advised to avoid drinking fruit juice at night because of the high concentricity of sugar, which can give a sugar rush, and makes sleeping harder.
In summary, fruit juice is healthy because it has natural nutrients that are beneficial to the body. However, you should be careful when drinking too much as it can cause problems in the long run, especially when mixed with other ingredients such as water or tea. If you want to drink fruit juice, then opt for the real ones.
How to make your own healthy, fresh juice?
Fruits like apple, orange, and grapefruit are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, K, you name it and its present in fruit juice which helps in improving your immune system.
We have some recepies in our recepie section but here are some as well.
Ingredients you need:
Apples – 1 or 2 depending on the size. Grapefruits – half a grapefruit Orange – 1-2 Citrus fruits should be peeled before consuming. Pour into your blender all the ingredients together with half a cup of water and blend until smooth.
Ingredients you need:
Apples – 1 or 2 depending on the size. Lime/lemon – one depending on preference Ice cubes – optional. Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
Add as much water for desired consistency. You can serve immediately, but it is advisable to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before consumption.
Why drink fresh juices instead of store-bought ones?
Real fruit juice contains many types of vitamins, which can improve your immune system. Whereas, store-bought fruit juices are produced from juice concentrate (which means the water content is removed during processing) or preserved with sulfur dioxide to last longer.
Fresh juices are made from the whole fruit, so they contain fiber. This helps to maintain bowel health and regulate digestion and drinking fresh juices also boosts your body’s recovery time.
Store-bought juice may have undergone pasteurization which means heating at high temperatures to kill harmful bacteria. Some people choose this method because it lengthens shelf life, but fresh juices contain natural beneficial enzymes which start working as soon as you drink them.
Mixing fresh juice with water can be beneficial to health in some ways, but you should avoid drinking with ice or adding too much water; otherwise, the content of vitamins and minerals dilutes and reduces taste.
Why should you drink water instead of juice?
Juices have a high water content, so they somewhat do what water does. However, the type of fruit you consume can affect how much water you need. For example, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are rich in vitamin C, boosting your immune system and containing high citric acid levels. Drinking a lot of these types of juices can cause you to urinate more frequently, so you will need to increase your water intake.
Like any other food, fresh juice should also be consumed in moderation, and you should avoid drinking if you have symptoms of gastritis or diarrhea. If possible, make it yourself at home instead of buying juice from the store as some don’t contain 100% fruit.
You can ask your kids to help you make the fresh juice but be cautious about the amount of sugar they add as it is easy for children to consume too much sugar without knowing. When buying from a shop, check labels for added ingredients, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Fresh juices provide you with natural energy that lasts for a longer period of time. They are also packed with vitamins which help to maintain your immune system and boost your recovery time if you have symptoms of unwellness.
I Hope, this article helps you to make the right decision.