Beware of Concentrated Calories and Sugars

concentrated-sugarsNew studies are showing that eating at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day can significantly improve lifespan and health and can decrease the risks of many different types of disorders, diseases, and conditions. Juicing is a wonderful, easy way to consume up to three servings of fruit and vegetables in just one sitting, and even while on the go. However, it is important to watch out for what is in the juice itself, as not all fruits and vegetables are created equal.

Focus on the Ingredients

It is very important to make sure that you are juicing the produce that you would like to concentrate, not just what tastes good. A small apple or pear goes a long way in sweetening up a juice, so it is best to mix it up and only have one sweet fruit in a daily juice, or water down juices that have a few different kinds of fruit. Sugar and calorie concentrations can actually cause you to gain weight, as well as causing blood sugar spikes and other undesirable results. Juices that are high in sugar can also have damaging effects on the teeth.

While juicing can be very healthy if used correctly, ignoring what is going into the juice is a big mistake that is easy to make when beginning to juice or experimenting with different flavors. Also, when produce is juiced, the fiber and some of the nutritional value is lost. It is still important to eat some fruits and vegetables every day, even if you supplement these snacks and meals with juices. Use juicing to your advantage, but be aware of what you are putting into your juice in terms of calories and sugars, and use your juices to complement what you are eating.