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What Is the Most Unhealthy 'Health Food'?

Updated on June 6, 2020
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What could be better for you than sitting down to a nice cold glass of fruit juice?

What is the most unhealthy 'health food'?

What is the most unhealthy 'health food'?

What could be better for you than sitting down to a nice cold glass of fruit juice? I mean, after all, the word “fruit” is right there in the name. How could you go wrong?

Truth is, you might as well be drinking a can of soda with your breakfast. Ounce per ounce, fruit juice contains as much sugar and as many calories as a can of Coke. Maybe more.

Sure there might be some vitamin C and antioxidants in your juice, but that hardly makes up for all that sugar.

Let’s look at a comparison between apple juice and Coca Cola.

Coke: 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons)
Apple Juice: 165 calories and 39 grams of sugar (9.8 teaspoons)
Even if you are careful to pick up the juice labeled “100% Pure” and “not from concentrate”, that doesn’t mean much. In a commercial process, once the juice is squeezed from the fruit it is usually stored in massive oxygen-depleting storage tanks for up to a year.

This has the unfortunate effect of removing most of the flavor from the product. To make it palatable again, manufacturers have to add “flavor packs” to their product.

What is a healthier alternative? Just eat the actual fresh fruit itself. It will taste better and be better for you.

Interestingly enough, the apple harvest is only a handful of weeks long. The rest of the year, all your apples sit in warehouses where equipment circulates the air through scrubbers that removes oxygen and CO2. This prevents any ripening so if you pick the right part of the year, your apples are nearly a year old, but they’re still in pristine condition.

If I recall correctly, while fresh juice is more appealing, the macro health effect is similar: a massive glycemic spike, loads of calories, and very little fiber.

It probably depends on how much fruit pulp is in the juice. Thicker fruit juices are almost like smoothies and probably contain a lot more fibre. Watermelon or pineapple juice in Brazil, for example, often consists of blending the fruit, some water and some ice.

I feel like, fruits are sugar anyway, so even eating fresh fruit you get a lot of sugar if you eat a lot of fruit. Granted, it’s without the additives and sweeteners and flavors put into the fruit juices sold in stores, BUT regardless, I think both are fine to drink, so long as you are’t drinking like 2 gallons of fruit juice a day or something. Drinking cup of orange juice once or twice a week isn’t going to hurt you and is good for you.
Of course, people sometimes don’t do that because they are under the delusion that fruit is healthy and that they can just go crazy with it.

That’s why it’s best to juice fruits/vegetables yourself. it takes little time to make orange juice or mango juice. Smoothies are great. Also, we give our kids these “juices” all the time. Read the labels and your face will be twisted with horror. Make juices for them or give them the fresh fruits more. Also, drink more water or you can put lime or add fruits to your water.

Concentrate isn’t harmful nor does it make any sense to buy products that aren’t made from it, its literally just a fruit that’s squeezed, depleted of water and then once transported given back its water. It’s a way to save storage space nothing more. You subtract water then you add water.

I can give you the Ingredient list of a box of Multivitamin Juice i have lying next to me:
Water, Apple-concentrate, Orange concentrate, Carrot concentrate , Lemon-concentrate, Pineapple-concentrate, Passion fruit-concentrate, Apricot-pulp, Banana-pulp, Grapefruit-concentrate, Grape-concentrate, Asorbic Acid.

If you bite into a apple and eat the entire thing, you just consumed about 20 Gramm’s of this Stuff, it’s almost as if Plants and mostly Fruits naturally Produce this stuff as a Product of Photosynthesis.

There isn’t any difference of you consuming this, if you bite into a apple or if you drink the apple, nor does it make a difference if it got added to concentrate that got diluted with water, its still stays the same, Sugar.

What Is the Most Unhealthy 'Health Food'?

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