Choosing the Right Juice
Love juice but don’t have the time to pull out the Juicer? There are store bought options for you to enjoy…but choose carefully 🙂
Labels can be deceiving…what the front label tells you is not always whats inside!! Look for 100% juice…you’ll be getting more content from the actual vegetable or fruit. Avoid the words “Drink”, “Beverage”, “Cocktail”, “Blends” or “Nectar”….this is slang for as little as 1% juice.
Ingredients are listed in order of the volume that is contained inside. The first ingredient will be the largest and so on down the list. You never want to see additives or sugar listed as the first few ingredients. Additives are inevitable unless you are making your own juice. Beware of Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Saccharin or Sucralose. These are all artificial sweeteners that have no place in your juice!! Additive that are difficult to avoid are preservatives like ascorbic acid & citric acid. These are common in even organic, natural juices and are a necessary evil.
100% Fruit juice, not from concentrate, bottled immediately after it is pressed is always preferably in a healthy fruit juice. Reconstituted means it has been made into a concentrate then “reconstituted” by adding water. Pulp or puree of the fruit is a good sign of a great juice!! Pasteurized juices are always a safer choice. Unpasteurized juice can contain harmful pathogens. 🙁
There are many health benefits to drinking juice…but it can be high in calories and natural sugars. Moderation is key with juice…to much of a good thing can be bad for you. Children love juice…but again..too much is no good. You can always add water to reduce the calories and sugar.
Dark juices are the highest in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Cloudy juices that have visible sediment aren’t visually appealing but pack a nutritional punch! Deep red/purple fruits contain disease fighting flavonoids. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C and E.
Vegetable juices often contain more dietary fiber than fruit juices.
Pomegranate Juice – If you’re having only a glass a day…Pomegranate is the way to go!! 🙂 Although it’s high in calories and sugar, it also has the most antioxidants and nutritional value!
Cranberry Juice – Cranberry juice is packed with Vitamin C which gives your immune system a boost.It also provides antibacterial, antiviral properties shown to ward off urinary tract infections.
Orange Juice – A favorite go to…Orange juice is loaded with Vitamin C and can be fortified with Calcium along with Vitamin D. Unsweetened Orange juice is lower in calories…but it’s also lower in antioxidants than it’s berry friends.
Red Grape Juice – Red Grape juice contains flavonoids and resveratrol and can contribute to heart health.
Tomato Juice – If you prefer a vegetable juice…Tomato is the way to go!! Tomato juice is jam packed with heart healthy Lycopene!
Carrot Juice – Carrot juice contains high amounts of Beta Carotene. Our bodies can convert Beta Carotene into Vitamin A to help maintain a healthy immune system and good vision.
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