Fruit juices vs fruits !
Fruit juices here clearly mean fresh juices extracted from whole fruits at home and not the packed ones. According to Doctors, “Packed fruit juice bottle would sound better and handy to carry. But in that case note that just 250 milliliter of regular orange juice, contains over 140 calories, which is equivalent of almost three small oranges. It is highly recommended to eat fruit directly, and not drink it as packed one. Package juices not only destroy its beneficial compounds but it nearly removes the natural fiber present in the same, increasing the sugar content and reducing the fibers present in the same. Packed bottle also have preservatives which may have a detrimental effect on your health.”
Extracted juice does nourish your body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients available in the whole fruit. In fact, these nutrients are readily available to your body for absorption. However, juicing fruits can sieve off the fiber content that the pulp and skin of the fruit has. Fiber helps in boosting digestion, controlling blood sugar, and lowering cholesterol. Moreover, it keeps you full for longer, particularly if you are looking to lose weight. According to Ayurvedacharya Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director Jiva Ayurveda, “As far as quality is concerned, both are same, except for the difference that in juices dietary fibers are sieved off. Fibers are important for a healthy gut. That said, if you have to choose between a fruit and mass-produced commercial juices, choose the fruit. Commercial juices have preservatives which should be avoided as much as possible because preservatives are not nutrients. We recommend home pressed juices.”
Another drawback of drinking fruit juice is the sugar content is absorbed in the body quickly due to the absence of fiber content, which will only lead to spike in blood sugar levels. On the other hand, whole fruits are packed with fiber, which helps the body to absorb sugar slowly.
As per different studies and experts, fruit is a much better option than juice. But make sure to include fruits in your diet as it is recommended that including 3-4 servings of fresh fruits in diet can lower your risk of having chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancers, hypertension and heart problems. So grab your fruit salad and relish it as you are bound to get the extra vigor you need for your day!