Are You Drinking Juice? Does it Make You Feel Good or Bad?
By Cassie Zeider
One thing that can be learned about nutrition after having a 1 year old: When your doctor tells you what your child should be eating/drinking, then it’s probably the same for you as well (just keep in mind that most doctors (MD’s) aren’t nutrition professionals, so I say this lightly).
One thing that should be followed pretty closely, but isn’t widely talked about, is “good” juice vs. “bad” juice.
So how do you tell which one you should be drinking?
You can tell by not only the label, but the ingredients list as well. If the words concentrate, without 100% fruit juice or additives are anywhere on the label, steer clear! Avoid words like high fructose corn syrup, beverage, punch, or anything else that you can’t read or don’t know about (this goes for all food, not just juice). Get familiar with sugar substitutes and be sure to avoid them as well.
Why should you be careful?
You can tell there are things in your juice that you should be weary of, but why should you be careful? Sugar and sugar substitutes are about as harmful to us as they are for our kids. Sugar is highly addictive and causes serious health problems, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and cancer, just to name a few.
Now a days, sugar is in everything and it’s hidden. If it’s processed and comes in a box, can, or bag, the odds are that there is some sort of sugar or sugar substitute and the amount of additives and preservatives is EXTREMELY high. Back in the day, the “everything in moderation” tagline was okay, but now we know that sugar is highly addictive and your best bet is to avoid it as much as possible.
Can juice be good for you?
Juice is something that’s gotten a bad reputation lately because of the all the misinformation. I strongly believe in the power of juice and how good it can be for our kids (as us)… when you make it at home.
Get a juicer and start adding in some fruits and veggies!
Here’s one of my favorite recipes:
My 1 year old loves it and so do I. It’s a great way to sneak some veggies in for her and it helps me detoxify my body a bit. There are chemicals all around us, so anything that can help rid them from my system is a blessing.
- ⅓ cucumber
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- 1 carrot
- ½ apple
- ½ lemon
- Prepare all the ingredients.
- Mix them all in the juicer.
- Enjoy your juice!
Juice can be good if you take the time to read the labels, watch the ingredients and just make it at home so you know for sure what you’re giving to your kids or drinking yourself. Try that recipe out and tell me how you like it in the comments below. Feel free to switch it up or use what you have in the fridge – it’s a great way to not let veggies go bad!
And if you don’t have time to juice, Organifi Green Juice Superfood Powder is a great option – totally organic and so delicious!
Cassie Zeider is a Certified Health Coach, Mother, Daughter and Friend. She is passionate about food and how it relates to the body. Weight loss, digestion and hormones are her favorite topics, but she loves stress release as well. She focuses on a whole body approach to health.
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