To Juice or Not to Juice

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  • To Juice or Not to Juice? That Is the Question

    So what's it going to be? One camp warns against the notion that juice is a thumbs up weight loss component while another advocates for juice to the point where food is put on hiatus for days or weeks and juice and water is all that is consumed. Which to choose then? 


    Fortunately, there is a middle ground, a nice comfy place where a person can reap the benefits of juice minus the sugar overload as well as negate the fast lane approach to weight loss by kicking food to the curb for a period.  


    The Problem With Fruit Juices

    To begin, there is an awful lot of calories in fruit juices. One hundred and fifty calories can be consumed in about one minute. Fruit juice also lacks the fibre that is in fresh fruit. Fibre coats the intestine and results in a slower absorption of sugar.

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    Catherine Matthews, a nutritionist at Tesco Diets, has stated that there is no quicker way to gain weight than to drink fruit juice. She points out that the high levels of fruit sugar are not burned off due to the absence of the fiber barrier. They are instead converted to fat. 


    In addition, the compromise of the fiber barrier leads to the liver being overloaded with sugar, which in turn causes a sudden energy burst that quickly wear off. This can lead people to feel lethargic, irritable, and even more more hungry. 


    It has also been found that a single serving of fruit juice contains the same amount of sugar as three-and-a-half donuts.


    Orange Juice

    Twenty-five percent of the population drink orange juice at least three times a week. Unfortunately, orange juice is calorie-dense and too much can interfere with weight loss. A single eight ounce serving contains 110 calories, which is only slightly less than chocolate milk, lemonade, and cola. The sugar in orange juice is fructose, which converts to fat more quickly. 


    The Do It Yourself Aproach

    Homemade juices made from leafy green veggies and certain fresh fruits can add fat burning vitamins and minerals to your diet and enhance your metabolism without adding all that sugar. 


    Grapefruit juice will not only help you get the vitamin C and potassium that you need but also can help with weight loss if you drink it before a meal. The idea is that it will fill you up enough so that you eat fewer calories during your meal. A small bit of weight loss can be accomplished through these saved calories. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that people who drank 7 ounces of grapefruit juice before each meal for a period of 12 weeks lost about 3.3 pounds. Drinking the same amount of water had the same effect although the grapefruit juice was more beneficial on cholesterol levels.

    In my next post, Juices For Weight Loss, I'll list a few more juices that can help you to drop a few pounds. See you there. 


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Published On: September 07, 2014