A Word About Fruit Juice
(AKA Liquid Candy)
Don’t be fooled. Fruit juices are effectively liquid CANDY for your body. Drinking these cleverly disguised sugary drinks can be just as bad as drinking soda. Most 100 percent fruit juice contains far too much sugar for a healthy diet and can cause weight gain and body inflammation.
Here are three good reasons not to drink fruit juice.
1. In spite of fruit juice’s perceived healthy benefits, the fructose commonly contained in juice encourages a state of insulin resistance and promotes fat gain.
2. A bottle (measuring 11.5 oz) of 100 percent pure squeezed orange juice contains an incredible 33 grams of sugar–which is equal to 8.25 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine eating 8.25 teaspoons of sugar. Yuck! That’s not very good for you, now is it? Don’t be fooled by clever advertising, fruit juice isn’t a wise dietary choice.
3. Fruit juice may taste good, but it fails to fully satisfy your appetite in the way healthy solid foods do. Juice makes it too easy to consume a lot of unnecessary liquid calories–something none of us need.
If you enjoy the taste of fruit and seek its health benefits, then you are far better off eating the fruit itself. Try eating the whole fruit instead of drinking liquid candy.
Pure, clean water should be your go-to beverage. After all, your brain is made up of 70 percent water. Water is essential for proper hydration of your body–not juice, soda, coffee or alcohol.
There are tons of studies that show the benefit of drinking water. By Googling the benefits of water, you’ll get served a virtual waterfall of reasons why it’s so good for your body. Regardless, it’s just simple common sense that water is an essential part of our diet. Remember, a dehydrated brain does not function as well as properly hydrated one.
Bottom Line on Fruit Juice
• Avoid drinking fruit juices, as they aren’t necessary for your diet and they certainly don’t help you lose or maintain a good body weight either.
• The recommended total daily intake of sugar is just 7-9 teaspoons, a glass of fruit juice typically far exceed the recommended daily allowance for sugar.
• Excess sugar, as found in most fruit juices, promotes insulin resistance—a condition that makes you fat and makes it difficult to lose weight.
• Sugars found in fruit juice can be fattening, inflammatory, and highly addictive.