You may have heard about a new juice and smoothie line Starbucks is selling called Evolution Fresh. This juice is promoted as being full of vitamins and nutrients that are found in raw, fresh fruits and veggies. Starbucks spent $70 million dollars to create a high-tech juicery that uses high-pressure processing.
But is drinking fruit juice really a smart way to consume all of those integral vitamins and nutrients our body so desperately needs?
In a word, NO!
I am not a fan of juice, especially the juice sold in stores (even the "natural" and "organic" varieties). This might get a little technical, but stick with me.
3 Reasons to Ditch Juice for Good
- Juice looses much of its nutritional value 72 hours after it has been made. Once the juice is exposed to oxygen, it begins to oxidize - the same thing that happens when an apple begins to turn brown after it has been cut and exposed to air. Some juices, if bottled correctly, can maintain most of their nutritional value for up to 72 hours. However, most juices spend weeks in their bottles between the factory and your refrigerator, slowly depleting its nutritional value before it's even consumed.
- Unfortunately, the abundant, healthy fiber in whole, fresh fruit is stripped away during the juicing process. Meaning that when you drink juice, you'll get a full-on sugar rush with no fiber to slow it down. Among other benefits, fiber helps to eliminate any blood-sugar spikes from the ingestion of large amounts of sugar, including fruit sugars.
- Most juices, even organic options, have 5-6 teaspoons of sugar PER CUP. And imagine drinking an entire bottle? You may not realize that you're actually consuming 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in any so-called "healthy" juice, which twice as much sugar in a can of sugar. It's entirely too much sugar to drink in one sitting even if it is organic and free of high-fructose corn syrup. It's a recipe for a blood-sugar high, which is always followed by a blood-sugar crash, all of which can lead to unwanted weight gain.
Spending your money on juice, in my opinion, is not worth it. You are essentially buying a bottle of sugar, even if it claims to be "all natural." You would be much better off spending that money on a quality, organic greens drink, from which you will absorb many more vitamins and minerals. Another great idea is to head to your local farmers' market, where for just a few dollars you can get a delicious bundle of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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As for myself, I start my morning with Daily Energy greens drink. I've been drinking this delicious, naturally sweet drink every day for over six years, and I've seen a huge difference in the number of cravings that hit me, it keeps me away from commercially produced juices and sweets, and instead of giving me an energy crash like most sugary drinks, it's full of the nutrients and superfoods I need to keep going all day long (even with two boys running around!).
If you want to swap out sugary juices void of all nutritional value for a drink that will help you jump start your weight-loss, then start each day on the right foot. Try Daily Energy, risk-free, today!