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People Think Juice Is Good for Them. Wrong

In an effort to eat healthy, many people turn to juices as their beverage of choice. Some even go to the extra work of freshly squeezing their juice in an effort to get the most benefits. But unfortunately, as The Washington Post reports, all that juice is not as healthy as you think. In fact, it could even be making you sick — and contributing to Americans’ obesity crisis.

As you know, I believe that juicing in and of itself is a good thing — but we’re talking in the context of juicing vegetables, with a splash of fruit for flavor, NOT simply drinking unlimited glasses of fruit juices, fresh or bottled. Done right, vegetable juicing is a powerful tool for enhancing your health, whether consumed daily or as part of a regular detoxification plan.

Fruit juices, on the other hand, count toward your daily glucose intake, and since it takes several oranges or apples or whatever fruit you choose to fill a large glass, drinking your fruits in the form of smoothies is not the way to do it. 

If you’re looking to eat and drink healthy, stick to pure clean water, tea or black coffee as your beverages-of-choice and think in terms of sugar, or fructose and glucose, content when it comes to juices. I strongly recommend limiting your daily fructose intake to 25 grams or less from all sources, including natural sources such as fruit — regardless of your sex. That equates to just over 6 teaspoons of total sugar per day as sugar is half fructose. 

If you’re among the 80 percent who have insulin or leptin resistance or who are overweight or taking statins, or who have metabolic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, you’d be wise to restrict your total fructose consumption to as little as 15 grams per day until you’ve normalized your insulin and leptin levels — and that includes juices.
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