There a deep misconception when it comes to the nutritional value of juice that we buy on store shelves, especially when it states No Sugar Added! These bottles give us the image of wholesome fruit, offering many health benefits to our lives. Why wouldn't we want to drink such goodness and share it with our kids? Anything that offers more nutrients, right?
Well, here's the kicker. Just because they haven't added sugar doesn't mean that it gets a free pass. Here's why. The juice in those bottles have been over processed and pasteurized, therefore being stripped of quality nutrients. What you end up getting is straight up sugar that floods your system and wrecking havoc on your hormones, your liver, your belly and your energy.
The body is simply not equipped to deal with that much sugar at one time. It panics and sends out more insulin than needed to remove it from your blood stream. The body goes into over drive. Blood sugar levels quickly spike and in turn quickly crash leaving you needing energy... and craving more sugar. It is truly a vicious cycle.
There's a lot of confusion when it comes to reading labels. I get it. But here's what you can look for:
- Read the sugar content on the label.
- Look for the source of sugar listed in the ingredients... is it added?
- Consider the quality of the product and answer these questions:
- Will it flood the body with sugar?
- How high is the sugar content?
- Is the sugar bound to fiber... is it a whole food?
- Is this a company you believe makes quality products?
Eating a whole fruit is absorbed very differently than a fruit that is juiced and over processed. The body is equipped to eat whole fruits.
There are amazing companies out there that produce quality juice. Juice that is cold pressed, organic, fresh and keeping the integrity of all the nutrients. Quality juices should also combine vegetables, upping the density and diversity of nutrients. Revojuiceinary is one of these companies! I highly recommend you check them out because even if you don't live in the Edmonton area, these are the kind of standards we should be looking for when it comes to choosing quality juice.
What do you guys think? Do you know of any other quality companies that offer superb juices that enhance health and well being?