Juice, juice, juice we see it everywhere we go and often want to accompany it with our meals. When I was younger I couldn’t stand drinking water with my food, I would always opt for juice. I understand the love of juice is SO real for some people, they cant imagine life without it. If you think about it were eating everyday and drinking juice along with it, that’s a lot of juice consumption.
You often see juice that is or isn’t from concentrate but what does that really mean? The process of juice made from concentrate is when water is extracted from the juice using heat and pressure, that left over liquid is the ‘concentrate’. Later when the juice is ready to be sold it gets pasteurized (when its heated for some time to kill bacteria) and then the water gets added back. The process of pasteurizing removes some of the nutrients found in the juice.
But what do you do, should you be drinking juice filled with bacteria? The conclusion I’ve come to is, the best, wholesome and healthy juice option is freshly made juice, made only from organic fruits and vegetables. That way you don’t need to pasteurize and you can take advantage of the vitamins the produce has to offer. When you find freshly squeezed juice in the stores you’ll notice how expensive it can be for just a small amount and were not always in the position where we can whip out some veggies and make juice, I know. That’s why I would recommend getting yourself used to enjoying having water with your food. It’s the cleanest and probably easiest to accommodate.
Have you really looked into the ingredients and process on how your juice is made? So many different juices and brands promote a ‘healthy’ beverage especially for children. Some many juices marketed to children and filled with sugars. If you slap the word fruit or vegetable on a product people who are trying to be health conscious won’t hesitate to grab it thinking that its good for them when in reality, its not.
When you’re reading the label and you see ‘no sugar added’ you think this has to be good for me right? Well there are ways around everything. Concentrated fructose can be added to beverages which allows the company to qualify for the no sugar added label. Concentrated fructose is no better than regular sugar. Avoid ingredients like fruit syrup or fruit concentrate (remember just because it has the word fruit doesn’t make it healthy). Also look out for high fructose corn syrup (including your pop)..which has absolutely zero benefits to your body.
So many of our go to drinks that we think are harmless or actually are good for us, disappointingly aren’t. Always. Always read the ingredients! That’s where you will discover a better truth about what you’re about to consume (beyond the flashy marketing words). Take a look at the juices in your home, that you pack for your children’s lunch or even your own and see what’s in there.