All of us have repetitive family interactions that can break into short sequences in which everyone participating (and only they are) is pretending to know what is going on. One of our family interactions looks like this.

My kid Alex makes puppy’s eyes to his grandfather at the juice bar. My dad pulls out his wallet and says to me “I know – I know.” What he really means is that he does not want to hear my speech again, just how healthy the juices pretend to be.

But hey you just started the article on juices, so I hope you still want to read it.

I’ll start with the positive: Juices have lots of minerals, vitamins and water. If you hesitate between lemonade and juice, the choice is clear.

However, juice is just water and natural sugar. There are three things:

  • Less fiber: while we eat much less fiber already than our own intestines, we are also taking away fibers that we need from our natural foods
  • Energy on a swing: Sugar and water can quickly provide energy, but that energy that will quickly fall. Easy come, easy go.
  • We do not feel satisfied : firstly because there is no fiber, and secondly because when we drink liquids to satisfy our thirst we never change the perception of hunger.

So soon after we have drunk juice, if we are not hungry, we are without energy and we have not delivered the body whatever is needed. What happens next? We eat immediately or have the next meal bigger than usual. That would not be so bad, but we were at the same time drinking lots of calories in our juice. In those big fresh (400 ml) there are 3-4 pieces of fruit. We rarely eat fresh fruit in big portions, but it is not problem to drink it in fresh juice.

So what about drinks, which can replace snacks with proper calories, but does not fill our body and nourish us like a snack? Just it is good to know that the juices are not as healthy as they look. Keep them as a delicacy, not a part of a balanced daily diet.

So now you can say while at the juice stand: “I know.”

Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
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