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Ready-to-eat fruit juices: healthy or not? -

  1. There has been a lot of discussion recently about fruit juices and their unhealthy or non-healthy properties. For example, the Dutch health council came up with the advice to leave fruit juice on the left as much as possible. A glass of juice would be just as unhealthy as a can of Coke.

  1. Quite a statement. Certainly because many people are still convinced that fruit juices are a responsible choice. Surely all those comments about vitamins and pure fruit are on the packaging? In today's blog, we take a look at exactly where those claims about unhealthy fruit juices come from. We also give tips on how to enjoy your fruit in a responsible way!

Fruit juices and your blood sugar

  1. One of the main drawbacks of fruit juice is that it only contains the moisture and sugars from fruit. And not the fiber that you get if you just eat your apple. Fiber has multiple functions in the body. One of the things they do is prevent sugars from being absorbed too quickly and cause a huge spike in your blood sugar.

  1. And since they are lacking in ready-to-drink juice, that's exactly what happens when you knock a glass back! As a result, your body starts to produce insulin. You get energy for a short time, but the valley that follows is also great. So you think you are healthy, but after a while you feel lethargic and weak again.


  1. Moreover, that is not even the only way fruit juice from the carton can make you gain weight faster than you would like. Another factor is that a glass of juice does not feel very filling and satiating. Your body hardly receives a signal that you are ingesting anything. You don't chew, you don't smell much - and so it takes much longer to signal to your brain that you've been consuming calories.

  1. That's why you quickly drink several glasses of juice, something that unnoticeably produces enormous amounts of sugars! Moreover, it does not satisfy your hunger, so you only eat more. This study shows that drinks with a lot of added sugar not only play a role in weight gain, but also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. All this while you may have the feeling that you are so healthy!

Sweet taste

  1. The final problem with fruit juice is that it is incredibly sweet and thus keeps your appetite going. If you don't eat sweet foods for a long time - whether they are sweetened with natural sugars, refined sugars or even artificial sweeteners like aspartame - you automatically get a lot less sweets too.

  1. This means you have less binge eating and you consume less sugar. These are two factors that contribute to a leaner body and better health. Drinking a little juice every now and then is not the biggest problem. But if you take several glasses a day, it is important to take this into account.

Smoothies and whole fruit

  1. For the above reasons, it is better to ignore fruit juices from the pack. They have a lot of disadvantages for your health, without any real clear benefits. So what's a healthy way to take advantage of the vitamins and minerals in fruit?

  1. For starters, smoothies are a whole lot better than ready-to-eat juices from the carton. They contain much more fiber, so that the nutrients are absorbed better and more evenly. Moreover, you can easily add extra fiber to smoothies, for example in the form of oatmeal or green leafy vegetables. The other option is to simply eat your fruit whole. That way it fills the most, and you know for sure that you are not losing any healthy substances!

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