Fruit Juice Is Actually Very Bad For Your Body
Everyone knows that eating fruits is good for your body, so it may seem surprising to hear that juice isn't. But according to nutritionists, this is the reality. Here's why.
The fruit is full of nutrients.
The whole fruit contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibers which are all good for your body. However, any fruit also contains sugar, which in large quantities, can be very harmful.
The fruit juice contains a lot of sugar.
Obviously, the juice has vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, as well, but it's also full of sugar. When you squeeze the fruit, the fiber is lost and what you're left with is a tasty drink which is just as high in calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.
Eating the fruit whole is so different from drinking the juice.
When you eat the fruit whole, you put in an effort to chew and swallow. The sugar is bound within the fiber which is broken down slowly during digestion. As a result, the sugar is delivered slowly to the liver, in small doses, without overloading it, so the liver has no problem metabolizing it.
When you drink the juice, however, things are different. All the sugar in the fruit is quickly absorbed and delivered to the liver, all at once. When it gets more sugar than it can handle, some of it is turned into fat which can lodge in the liver, causing fat buildup and insulin resistance.
Does drinking fruit juice make you gain weight?
When you eat, say oranges, you can't really have too many, because the whole fruit is fulfilling. While it's hard to eat 10 oranges, drinking the juice squeezed out of 10 oranges is pretty easy.
By choosing the juice over the whole fruit, you'll have a large number of calories, without even feeling full. You'll still feel hungry, you'll still need to eat and at the end of the day, the calories intake will be higher. As a result, you'll gain weight.
Should you worry?
If you're a healthy, active person, a small amount of juice won't do you any harm, because you'll burn all those extra calories in no time. However, if you're already overweight and have a slow metabolism, don't even think of starting a juice cleansing diet, because it can be very harmful.
Just eat the fruit whole.
You shouldn't stop eating fruits, because of the sugar in them. Unlike the juice, they really are good for your health. The Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and fibers are all nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.