Fruit Juices Are They Really Healthy For You?
Imagine finding out that healthy glass of juice you enjoy might not be too healthy. If you love your fruit juice and your content because you are enjoying the health benefits of drinking it, this new report from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom might really surprised you. This study found that a glass of fruit juice is equal to drinking a can of soda. The only difference is the juice has vitamins. It seems that your perception of juice being healthy may be a bit of a fallacy based on advertising that stretches the truth.
The study polled over 2,000 people and all of them underestimated how much sugar was in their juice. Would you believe that your juice is made up of 48% sugar? That’s incredible!
According to the experts, this doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid juice. Some varieties have much more sugar than others so it does mean you should start to read labels. Also, keep in mind that after your workout natural sugars found in some juices can help you kick start your recovery and hydrate you.
An 8 ounce glass of soda will contains between 26 and 31 grams of sugar. If your juice tops that you need to be suspicious about it. Your juice should never contain as much or more sugar than a soda.
Some juices downright lie or at the very least stretch the truth on their front lable. For example if you look at Ocean Spray 100% Cranberry Juice it says that there is no sugar added on the front but if you read the ingredients they sweeten it with apple and grape juice concentrate which adds 36 grams of sugar per glass. Choose an organic cranberry juice rather than a processed one and you’ll cut your calorie significantly.
Watch when you are buying berry juices. The same applies. Many of them also have less then 5 percent actually juice in them and are packed with high fructose corn syrup. In fact in some products like Tropicana Berry Punch the high fructose corn syrup is actually the second ingredient and a glass of this juice will give you 29 grams of sugar – ouch! So much for healthy! Again, looking for organic berry fruit juices is a great alternative.
Watch the labels of juice products. You really need to read them because they can be deceptive. Some products that use other juices for their sweetener will be broken out. For example Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry juice has 29 grams of sugar per glass from using five juices from concentrate and they are listed individually in the order of most to least. Suddenly you realize you’ve bottom a container of little more than flavored sugar.
In recent times the juices that contain greens have become very popular. After all what a great way to get some kale or spinach in your diet without even realizing it. The trouble is many of these juices are extremely high in sugar. For example, we found that Jamba Kale Orange Juice is made from orange juice, kale and banana and has a whopping 40 grams of sugar per glass. You have suddenly defeated the entire purpose of drinking your veggies.
What to do?
It’s a tough call or at least it seems that way! But the bottom line is you need to take your time and read labels so you know what you are putting in your body. How disappointing if you are trying to lose weight or maintain your weight and you are doing everything right – you are eating healthy, exercising regularly, taking an HGH supplement like Genf20 Plus and living a healthy lifestyle – or at least you thought you were eating healthy except for those sugars that tend to sneak into our diets. Become vigilant about your labels and you will make better choices.