Juice – Healthy Drink or Sugar Bomb?

Green JuiceI’ve been asked what I think of juice quite a lot lately. My answer is it depends on what your drinking and how much. Are you having a big glass of fruit juice? Then you are starting the day with a lot of sugar and no fiber to balance it out.

A serving of orange juice is 4 – 6 oz. It’s the juice of 1 – 2 oranges. It takes 6 oranges to make a large glass of juice. That’s a lot of calories and sugar (about 12 teaspoons) for a drink, vitamins or not. When you eat an orange the fiber in it regulates the sugar from entering into your system all at once. If you tried to actually eat 6 oranges you’d probably be sick before you got to number six.

I like to start the day with a green juice that I make at home. I stick to mostly vegetables with a beet or carrot and 1/2 an apple or pear for sweetness. Again, a lot of the fiber is lost in this process so keep the sugar content down by using more green vegetables than sweet ones.

Why juice? It’s a way to get the vitamins and nutrients of vegetables without actually having to eat a bag of produce.  Fiber does slow digestion so these vitamins will enter into your blood stream more quickly. It’s better than swallowing a bunch of vitamins. It’s a great immunity boost if you feeling run down or like a cold is coming on.

Benefits of juicing:

  • Get the most essential nutrients quickly and easily
  • Get valuable minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids
  • Get an immunity boost
  • Have clearer skin
  • Have glossy hair
  • Have more energy
  • Get more vitamins and nutrients without eating a whole bag of produce

Simple green juice (serves 2)

  • 3 large kale leaves (or use a combination of spinach and romaine for a milder taste)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1 inch chunk of ginger

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