Avoid juices that are labelled "beverage", "cocktail" or "drink" as they may contain added sugars. Choose cloudy juices with visible sediment at the bottom of the bottle as they are made with real veggies or fruits. Choose juices that are labelled "100 % juice" as they are made with real fruits or veggies. Ensure you recognize all the ingredients labelled.
The Best Healthy Juice
Fruit juice is typically marketed in a devious way. Juices that are high in added sugars are labeled to make us think they are very nutritious. In reality, these added sugars and ingredients add calories and can sometimes have deleterious health effects.
Diet juices usually end up making us feel hungrier than we normally would. Another downside to juice is that it typically contains no fiber, as the fiber is stripped from the produce during the juicing process. The lack of fiber adds to the lack of satiety we feel after drinking juice and why juice diets absolutely do not work.
So which juice is good for health? Cutting out juice completely can be an option, but is not necessary. I believe juices can be incorporated into your intake in a healthier way.
4 Tips To Pick A Healthier Juice
- Juices labelled “beverage,” “drink” or “cocktail” often contain added sugars. Steer clear!
- Cloudy juices with visible sediment at the bottom of the bottle are typically made with real fruit or veggies which is a good choice.
- Choose juices that are labelled “100% juice”. Legally, the label “100% juice” means that everything in the container was juiced from a fruit or vegetable. However it does not necessarily mean that it was juiced from the fruits or vegetables that you think you are drinking. Always check the ingredient lists!
- Pick juices with ingredients you recognize. You might be surprised to realize that some juices say they are apple, for example, but actually contain less apple than other fruit.
Some Juice Guidelines From The American Academy Of Pediatrics
- Avoid giving fruit juice to infants younger than 6 months of age.
- Avoid serving juice to older infants and toddlers in bottles or cups that allow them to consume juice easily throughout the day.
- Avoid giving fruit juice at bedtime.
- For children ages 1 to 6, limit fruit juice to 4-6 ounces per day.
- For children ages 7 to 18, limited fruit juice to 8-12 ounces daily. My recommendation is that after 18 years of age, you should continue to limit fruit juice to no more than 12 ounces per day.
- Encourage children to eat whole fruits.
- Do not allow children to drink unpasteurized juice.
Also read about The Power Of Vegetable Juices.