In 2016 especially, juicing and juice “cleanses” and “detoxes” were all the rage. Fruit and vegetable juice is a good way to get your daily required dose of vitamins C and A. In fact, Canada’s food guide suggests 125 mL of pure fruit juice as a complete portion of fruits and vegetables, of which you’d need to consume anything between 4 and 10 portions per day, depending on your age and gender (consult Canada’s food guide for more information). However, there are certain aspects that eating fruits and vegetables has that juice just lacks.
Here’s what you need to know about juice and similar products:
- “Fruit-flavored drinks” (Welch’s, Sanpellegrino, sports drinks like Gatorade…) including those that mention “contains real fruit juice” only actually contain approximately ONLY 25% of the volume of the container in fruit juice.
- If you’re in reasonable health, your body does absolutely not need those “detox” teas and juices, which contain laxatives to get rid of water weight. Your body will get rid of “toxins” naturally, and the juice fasts tend to bring a lot more side effects than it does benefits, such as fatigue, light-headedness and irritability. If you want to feel better, just eat better.
- Fruit and vegetables contain a decent amount of fibre in the pulp and peel. That fibre is almost-completely stripped away when juicing. It is therefore recommended by Canada’s Food Guide to consume raw fruits and vegetables instead of juice when possible.
Fibre is what helps you feel full. Without fibre, you will feel hungry again a lot quicker.
- Although the sugars in pure fruits juice are natural, its becomes very concentrated when juiced. It is basically the same amount than in a fruit, but in a smaller volume. Your blood sugar will escalate much quicker than if you were to eat a fruit, considering a whole fruit is generally eaten in more time than it takes to drink juice. As mentioned above, fruit also contains fibres, which slow down the time it takes for the food to pass through the intestines, allowing glucose absorption at a more reasonable pace, therefore preventing in a big spike of blood sugar. This therefore allows your liver to secrete insuline at a steadier pace and not work too hard at once, which could potentially cause diabetes in the long run.
To sum up, juice isn’t all bad (once in a while). It is however preferable to have fruits and vegetables. Don’t hesitate to have juice, but stay away from drinks that are only fruit-flavored and are loaded with sugar. Also, your body doesn’t need special juice or teas to detox! I can’t insist on this enough!!
Have an amazing day, y’all! ♡