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Some Juicy Tips About Juice
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Some Juicy Tips About Juice

No, really. It has to do with juice and specifically fruits and vegetables. We all enjoy a chilled tall glass of juice to refresh ourselves. Not only does it look pleasing, it also satisfies thirst while tasting great and delivering health benefits in the form of vitamins.

So what is in your glass? Are you going for vegetable juices, fruit juices or those quickie cocktails? Here’s the lowdown on which juice to choose.

Drink your vegetables

I meant that. It is the best way to add powerful plant-based nutrients to your diet. Tomato has lycopene to lower the risk of prostate cancer while beet juice is known to reduce blood pressure. If you’d rather pulp it up, you can load up on fiber to satisfy your hunger. And guess what the catch is? None. Nada. Nix.  You’re looking at the perfect juice that’s low on sugar and low on calories.

Some good juice options are:

Pomegranate Juice

If you, like me prefer to stick to one glass of juice per day (I am a coffee person, folks) pick one that packs in the best nutrition. Pomegranate ranks number one here with its high sugar and calories, but balances it with a solid dose of antioxidants which protect brain function and help prevent cancer.

 Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is rich in vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system. Unsweetened cranberry juice relieves urinary tract infections.

Blueberry Juice

Blueberries improve memory and prevent age-related memory loss.

Acai Berry Juice

This hot berry is all the rage now. It is supposed to be rich in antioxidants.

Cherry Juice

This one is also rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking cherry juice before and after your work-out can reduce muscle pain that relates to exercise.

Red Grape Juice

Red grape juice is good for the heart (oh, hush – am not talking about wine!). Red grape juice has flavonoids and resveratrol, which are powerful antioxidants. Ok, ok, red wine is good for the heart, in moderation. The point is, red grape juice is made from the whole fruit, but when you eat the grape you spit out the seed which is nutritious.

Prune Juice

Prune juice is reputed to relieve constipation because it is rich in fiber and has a natural laxative called sorbitol. But hey, it is not just to get the s**t out. Prunes are packed with antioxidants, iron, and potassium.

Now for the worst juice choice – cocktails

You’ve seen the words juice cocktail and juice-flavored beverage.  These only have minimal amounts of the real thing because they’re typically made of water and a form of sugar such as high fructose corn syrup with flavoring. Nutrition wise, these are like soft drinks – heavy on sugar and high on calories and almost zero nutrition. These kinds of “juices” can usher in obesity in children along with all the related health problems.

How about  100% Fruit Juice ?

One might assume that pure fruit juice with no added sweeteners is the ideal thing to imbibe. While this is loaded with vitamins and powerful antioxidants, the issue with 100% fruit juice is this: it is also high in sugar.  Hence, don’t freak out on more than one serving per day.

Orange Juice is healthy, right?

The standard choice for breakfast, orange juice is loaded with vitamin C, a great immune booster. Orange juice also has added calcium and vitamin D which means stronger bones. Unsweetened orange juice is low on calories, but you’ll have to sacrifice some antioxidants.

What about kids?

Kids love juice – but for the young ‘uns below six, limit it to one cup a day. If they bug you for more, water it down.

Go for the whole fruit

The best thing, according to dieticians is to go for the actual fruit, rather than always opt for the juice. Eating the fruit fills you with fiber and gives you the enjoyment of biting into the pulp – I swear it is a sensory experience and also a great way to stave off hunger.

Stay healthy!

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Vidya Sury  gets her juice as a Freelance Writer and Professional Blogger. She’s mom to a teenager who loves mango, lychee, orange and pineapple juice.

When she’s not working, getting a caffeine overload, listening to music, reading or spring cleaning, she blogs at Going A-Musing, Coffee With Mi! , and Your Medical Guide 


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    1. Vidya Sury

      I prefer to bite into a fruit (but that could be because of lack of time or laziness). I like juices, and I go for the veg juices – easy because we pressure cook stuff, and it is a matter of draining the water off into a glass and – the juice is ready! Eating the whole fruit is also a cool hunger solution!

      Thanks for your comment, Anney!

  1. Nandini

    we boil mixed veggies and then mash it up and have it’s fine? or does it lead to loss of vital elements?

  2. Vidya Sury

    @Nandini – fresh is usually best. If you pressure cook the veggies, that’s fine. If you cook it on an open fire, most of the nutrients evaporate 🙂

  3. Candy

    Dear Vidya, the “sugar trap” in so called “100 per cent fruit juice” was one of those traps that I used to fall into. While it’s true the real fruits are better, I consider homemade fresh juices an incentive to lure me off caffeine sometimes.

  4. Vidya Sury

    That’s a smart move, Candy, because you are abso right about the 100% fruit juice” trap. Years ago, when I was a regular office-goer, I had the habit of drinking endless cups of chai. Desperate to break the habit (mostly because the chai was awful)I started carrying carrots in a box. Each time I had withdrawal symptoms, I ate a carrot (Bangalore has lovely baby carrots – in case you’re wondering whether am crazy). Believe me – I couldn’t even tolerate the smell of tea after a carrot/cucumber/or any other fruit/veg. Amazing. Plus, the bonus of health benefits. Total detox it was. Needless to say, I became very very slim and beautiful. 😉 Okay, felt a lot better.

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