Pros & Cons of Fruit Juices

Fruit juices are really popular in the fitness industry as additives in smoothies.  Fruit juices are super convenient and easy to consume and come in a ton of variety and flavors.  


The Benefits of Drinking Fruit Juice

Vitamins and Minerals:

A glass of certain juices can give you more than the recommended value of vitamin C.  The best juices are those that are 100% fruit juice because they are a great source of potassium. Potassium can maintain a healthy blood pressure. Fruit juice also contains a healthy amount of folic acid. 

Daily Serving of Fruit:

One full serving of fruit is accomplished from just a 4 ounce glass of 100% fruit juice.  

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients:

Phytonutrients contain in fruits like lycopene, lutein, quercetin, and resveratrol are important for boosting our immune system and protecting us from disease.  Antioxidants also destroy free radicals in our body that develop cancer and age our organs, including the skin. 

The Drawbacks of Drinking Fruit Juice

Sugar:

Fruit juices can contain more sugar than a can of coca cola.  That’s absolutely insane! The obesity rate is only increasing. 

Calories:

Fruit juices are not fat free. Just because it is natural, doesn’t mean it isn’t fattening.  There are approximately 150 calories in an 8 ounce glass of fruit juice. Fruit juice tends to not fill you up, leaving you only hungry with a ton of calories already in you.  Instead, reach for an actual fruit, which tend to be half the calories and actually fill you up.  

Tooth Decay:

Fruit juices have a high acidity and can lead to increasing rates of cavities and reducing the hardness of tooth enamel.  The combination of acid and sugar are the real culprits of tooth decay in fruit juices. 

 

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