Are Fruit Juices Good For You?

Let’s talk about fruit juices. We get so many emails about specific juices. Are fruit juices, such as the popular Naked brand, good for me? The answer is, no. We are going to uncover why. First, let’s look at why do most people think these juices are healthy in the first place. Some boast up to 59 carbohydrates per container and a lot of sugar. But it’s all about the marketing because all these juices are being marketed to us as healthy. They are being labeled “super” fruits juices. They boast “greens plus flax seed” and “300 percent of your vitamin B12 with only 80 calories per serving.” Even though some contain greens in their ingredient list, they are at the bottom of the label. What this means is that by weight, there is the least amount of greens by ingredient volume. Even with having those greens in there, you are still having to consume 30 grams of sugar to get them.

What is in Fruit Juice?

Let’s just look at one juice to break it down and show you what so many fruit juices actually contain. Naked brand juice is a good one, so we will take a close look at the popular Strawberry Banana flavor. A lot of people know it, and they see it everywhere.

When you look at the front it tells you that it is pure fruit and no added sugar. Then you flip it over it over, it tells you the amount of fruit in it. In one particular drink, there are 22 strawberries, 1 & 1/3 banana, and nearly two apples. That is a lot of fruit for one sitting.

This particular bottle includes 59 grams of carbohydrates and 44 grams of sugar. That is a lot of sugar! That’s more than you should be consuming in a whole day. We are not saying fruit is bad for you, as fruits do have vitamins and minerals, but they also contain a lot of sugar. It is in the volume at which you consume that great amount of sugar that can be bad for you. We don’t want you to consume that much at once.

We see people who are having three, four, and five servings of fruit a day and think that this is healthy but are still struggling to lose weight. There are many great benefits to eating fruit and we encourage you to do so, but too much fructose can cause problems especially with weight loss. So, we recommend it in moderation.

Let’s explore this so that we can understand why high levels of fructose all at once can hurt you.

Having vegetables and a little bit of fruit together is outstanding in moderation, but the complication comes in when you have so much fruit, that the high sugar content outweighs the benefit of the vegetables.

⚡ Related: What is better for weight loss, juice or smoothies?

Here is how it works…

Fructose is preferential to the liver. That means when we digest it, our liver takes a hold of it and stores it.

Although our body can use it for energy,  it doesn’t want to unless we have been doing a lot of strenuous activity and we consume it in a moderate amount. What isn’t used is stored as fat.

At the end of the day, while it is natural sugar, it is still fructose and will be processed in our body as sugar when we overindulge. Especially if you’re over-consuming it at 4, 5, or 6 servings like people have come to us saying they do. Plus, when people juice fruit, it lacks the fiber and this slows the digestion of fruit in our system, causing our body’s glycemic levels to spike.

You should limit the consumption of fruit to 2 servings a day if you are trying to lose weight. You can also stick to berries because they are one of the best fruits for weight loss. They hit the glycemic index much lower and are full of antioxidants. They are also higher in fiber and lower in sugar, so you get the best bang for your buck. Say no to this grab and go fruit juices and yes to a moderate amount of fruits and an abundance of greens.

Make sure you are having the right amount of fruit by getting on a Custom Meal Plan, where we tell you how much you should be eating according to your own body stats so you don’t end up sabotaging or slowing down your goals.

Be patient, stay the course, and let’s get fit together.

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