Traditionally it is believed that packaged juices are a chemical evil, whereas freshly squeezed is a dietary product rich in useful vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, any juice can hardly be called a really healthy product, because its minuses outweigh the advantages.
Despite the relatively high availability of vitamin C in juices( in the case of packaged ones it is usually added artificially), the content of carbohydrates in the form of sugar in most fruit juices is many times higher than the sugar content in sweet carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola.
Table of sugar content in juice
Below is a table of sugar content in various juices. The most of it in grape - a standard glass contains almost 8 tablespoons of sugar, which is one and a half( !) Times more than in Coca-Cola. The least sugar in tomato juice is about 2 tablespoons per standard glass.
|Kind of juice||Sugar content in 100 ml||Spoons of sugar per glass( 250 ml)|
|Grape juice||14-15 g||8 spoons|
|Apple juice||10-12 g||6 spoons|
|Peach juice||12-13 g||6spoons|
|Pear juice||11-12 g||6 spoons|
|Orange juice||8-10 g||5 spoons|
|Cherry juice||7-8 g||4 spoons|
|Pomegranate juice||7-8 g||4 spoons|
|Carrot juice||4-5 g||2.5 tablespoons|
|Tomato juice||3-4 g||2 spoons|
|For comparison: : Coca-Cola||10 g||5 spoons|
But what about vitamins?
Note that juice producers never emphasize how these very vitamins "appeared in juice" and why you really need them. It is understood that the vitamins in the juice are "by nature", and they are needed for the person "to maintain health".It is meant, but not voiced.
The bitter truth is that most vitamins in packaged juices are just chemical additives. And the more different vitamins are listed on the juice packaging, the more closely you need to read into its composition - even in freshly squeezed juices usually contains only 1-2 vitamins.
Vitamin content in
juice In 100 ml of orange juice, approximately 80% of the daily norm of vitamin C and 4% of the norm of vitamin A are actually contained( the number of other vitamins is significantly lower).However, in reality, very few people drink 100 ml and stop - usually juice is drunk with large glasses, and not with wine glasses.
It is also important to note that vitamin C deficiency( ie scurvy) is an extremely rare phenomenon that does not occur even on a non-carbohydrate diet that prohibits fruit and sweet vegetables. In addition, the benefit of supplementing vitamin C for "raising immunity" is just another myth.
How do packaged juice?
More than 90% of juices sold in Russia are "restored".Such juices are made from a mixture of water, sugar, citric acid, vitamin C( which, by the way, is one of the most powerful natural preservatives), juice concentrates and "secondary processing" juices.
In turn, fruit juice recycling( "weight") - a juice obtained by the technology of pulp-wash. The process consists in that the remains of oranges or apples left after obtaining the juice of direct pressing are first soaked, then settled, then pressed again.
Why are juices harmful?
Despite the fact that the fruit juices contain vitamins( especially vitamin C), the huge sugar content outweighs this benefit. Recall that regular consumption of foods with sugar and fast carbohydrates breaks metabolism and is guaranteed to lead to a set of excess weight.
At the same time, it makes no difference to the body whether you use white refined sugar or "natural" fruity sugar. By the way, the latter will be even more harmful for the metabolism, since it consists mainly of fructose, which goes straight to the fat stores.
Then why are fruits useful?
One of the most useful ingredients of fruits are not vitamins, but fiber( fiber), completely removed in the production of juice. When you eat a whole fruit, the fiber seems to neutralize and "counterbalance" the negative effect of the sugar contained in this fruit.
In addition, usually you do not eat a dozen oranges at a time - and this is what most juice producers are "proud" of. Among other things, the entire long history of mankind, sweet fruit was considered a rare delicacy, and not a daily product.
Any fruit juice( both freshly squeezed and packaged) should be considered solely as a dessert, and not as a dietary product. It is important to remember that in a glass of most types of juice contains more sugar than in a glass of Coca-Cola.