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If You're Going to Drink Juice, Which One is A Good Choice?
Top Healthier Juices to Consume
Cranberry Juice has 116 calories per an 8-ounce serving. It contains Vitamin C, plenty of antioxidants, flavonoids for your heart, and antibacterial properties. By nature, cranberries are tart so don't be alarmed if you find it isn't sweet enough. Most juices contain extra sugar, hence the high carb reading on the label. Allegedly, though, you may want to drink this juice moderately because it is believed that excessive consumption might lead to developing kidney stones due to its high content of oxalate. Oxalate is a type of molecule that, when paired up with calcium, can from crystals and cause an annoyance or pain depending where they lodge internally. I'm thinking 8-ounces of cranberry juice daily is plenty.
Grapefruit juice only has 96 calories per an 8-ounce serving and contains Vitamin C, potassium, lycopene serving as an antioxidant and beta-carotene. It may have an interaction with some medications which would make them last longer in your bloodstream, so make sure you read your prescription instructions or discuss the consumption of this juice with your doctor.
Orange juice has 110 calories per 8-ounce servings and contains Vitamin C, potassium and folate. Whenever you purchase orange juice that indicates it is fortified, this means calcium has been added as well as Vitamin D and possibly some omega-3s.
Pineapple juice has 133 calories per 8-ounce servings and contains Vitamin C, potassium and Vitamin B6. Oftentimes, if you make your own freshly squeezed pineapple juice, it will contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that is in the whole pineapple and can help with digestion and reducing inflammation. Good to know.
Tomato juice has only 53 calories per 8-ounce servings and contains potassium, lycopene, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. Some tomato juices, however, can have a high sodium content. If you have high blood pressure issues, always reach for the one that is low in sodium.
Pomegranate and blueberry juices are supposed to be very good for you because of antioxidants.
What is Lycopene?
Lycopene is a carotenoid that could benefit your heart, vision, and affect any risk of certain cancers. Lycopene is found primarily in fruit. Some examples of fruit providing strong sources of lycopene include watermelon, tomatoes, papaya, pink grapefruit and guava.
What Are Carotenoids?
Carotenoids are the pigments found in certain plants that the body can transform into Vitamin A. Some carotenoids such as lycopene do not turn into Vitamin A, however they could have value as an antioxidant. There is so much to learn about our intake of food resources and the elements that make food what it is, whether organic or processed.
My Opinion, Because We All Have One, Right?
I firmly believe you should perform your own research on anything you hear or read or view. The challenge involves researching terms and paying close attention to when you read, "it may reduce cancer risks," with "may" being a key term. I also believe we are what we eat and sometimes I wonder whether we should only consume that which comes from the ground.
In regard to juices, I believe freshly squeezed juice is better for you and I also know that some juices like orange juice has a high pH level which can also affect your teeth.
I do think it's beneficial to research foods that are high in antioxidants and to also research the benifits of each vitamin and the resources available for the natural consumption of a vitamin. I also believe it's important to increase knowledge as to what vitamin, if any, or mineral the body produces naturally so there's no potential of overkill if you take vitamin or mineral supplements to avoid adverse effects.