You already know that store-bought fruit juice is generally not good for you, but what about the fresh fruit juice you can make right at home?
The question of whether pure, freshly juiced fruit juice is bad for you is slightly complicated. See, fresh fruit is great for you and juicing fresh fruit allows you to consume much more fruit at one time. Sounds good, right? And more of a good thing is…or should be better…but as with many things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad.
See, actual fruit contains important components that are lost through the process of juicing. The fiber found in fruits, for example, is what stops you from eating 3 or 4 apples in one sitting – it would just fill you up too much. This is why eating actual fresh fruit isn’t much of a sugar threat.
Fruit juice, on the other hand, takes out the fiber so you can add 3 to 4 apples (and all the sugar that it contains) and still get only ONE 8-ounce glass of fresh apple juice. And how many of those glasses do you think you can drink?
The lack of fiber in fresh fruit juice is what makes it incredibly easy for anyone to end up consuming much more sugar than they’d like to.
n addition to this, juicing (more specifically, some juicers) can remove the pulp and the skins of fruit in the juicing process, which denies you a majority of the huge health benefits that fresh fruits provide.
The skin of the fruit is where the fruit interacts with sunlight and forms a variety of colored pigments, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which are incredibly helpful nutrients that help to protect our skin and bodies from free radicals and other damage. The pulp of the fruit often contains the bulk of a fruit’s nutrients.
Still, we’re not going to say that fresh fruit juice is bad for you per se. Rather, we’d simply like to break our natural association that fruit = healthy, and shift this to a more nuanced understanding of how to consume fruit so it truly is healthy.
So, the question we should be asking is not whether “fruit juice” in itself is good or bad for you, but how fresh fruit juice can be consumed to provide the MOST benefits and the LEAST harm.
Here are 4 quick tips on how to drink fresh fruit juice that is GOOD for you.
1. Drink Pure
Don’t settle for processed, store-bought juice. If you’re going to drink fruit juice, make it yourself from pure, natural fruit.
2. Just a Dose of Fruit for Sweetness
Vegetable juices are amazing for you. Add a little bit of fruit to your veggie juice for that sweetness factor, but try to avoid drinking juices that are solely made of fruit.
3. Drink Moderately
Fruit is good for you – as long as you don’t exceed your sugar intake. Drink as much in fruit juice as you would eat in actual fruit.
4. Use the Right Juicer
By the right juicer, we mean a juicer that allows close to 100% retention of the pulp and skin of fresh fruit.