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Store-Bought Juice is Not That Healthy

Juice you buy from the store is not horrible for you but it is not your best option if you want to be well nourished.  The liquid you buy in a bottle or can is not that fresh and by the time most juices reach the store shelves they have lost most of the enzymes and vitamins that are so good for you.  Although hydrating, many juices reduce to sugar, sodium and water by the time they reach the consumer.

Fresh juices are superior to bottled or canned juice both in terms of nutrition and taste. A  pint carrot juice blend bought at the store may only have 10% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A but one pint of the fresh stuff might contain more than twenty thousand units of pro-Vitamin A (the purest and most absorbable form of Vitamin A.)

Another big issue when it comes to store bought juices is that you don’t know if it has been tainted with preservatives or chemicals. Often these things are disguised as something else on the bottle of juice. Sometimes you end up buying a product that is calling itself “juice” but it actually completely watered down.

One good example of this type of trickery was revealed in 1984 when it was discovered that between 1978 and 1983 that Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation was charged for selling millions of bottled water flavored with sugar and colored amber with additives as 100% apple juice.

Furthermore, if you buy orange juice it might have been treated with banned pesticides. This is especially true if the fruit was grown in Florida or outside the United States. In fact a lot of the juice that is marked as being from the Sunshine State or California is in reality imported from other countries such as Mexico. The problem with this is that these countries still used banned pesticides like trichloroethane and poisonous red-colored dyes to make the fruit an attractive orange rather than a natural yellow.


Bottled and canned juices have also proved themselves to be tough on the teeth. Sugar-laden fruit concentrates have rotted many children’s and adult’s teeth prematurely. Furthermore, if the label says that the juice is made from concentrate it can mean that it was made with industrial or unpurified water. These types of waters can contain all kinds of impurities.  When you make your own juices you can at least control and monitor what goes in the drink and what it may be watered down with.


Simple Food Substitutions for Fitness

Author Jennifer    Category Fitness     Tags , , , , , ,

Forget the lemon and maple syrup cleanses and fad fasting for now. You can fight the flab simply by making a few substitutions in your diet.


If you have been eating a lot of lettuce switch up with kale, spinach or chard. These greener and leaner salad ingredients have more than triple the iron and vitamins of iceberg lettuce which means that you are enhancing the health of your circulatory and reproductive systems with every bite.


If you love butter and have to have it to cook with or spread on a roll then your best course of action is to buy unsalted butter. This cuts down on sodium in the long run thus ensuring the health of your heart and cutting down on body bloat.  If you are baking try substituting quinoa for the flower and prune paste for the butter to make slimming treats.


If you must snack on carbohydrate laden crackers then make sure that they are made of whole grain.  In fact whole grain crackers with a  bit of low fat yogurt or cream cheese is exactly the type of snack that can give you a bit of a lift in the afternoon when you are really feeling that four o’clock slump.


Instead of serving cakes, cookies and ice cream for dessert then simply serve fruit. Fruit with whipped cream or drizzled with mint and lemon is much better for you than a fattening cake with icing and flour.


Speaking of lemon simply try forgetting the oil and vinegar and squirt lemon with salt and pepper on your salad greens. You will drop the pounds and the result will be very tasty.


You can also drop the sodium in your diet by avoiding seasonings with too much salt in them. Try to buy organic spices whenever you can. It also helps to avoid canned vegetables as they can contain a lot of sodium and harmful preservatives that cause cancer.


If you drink juice make sure it is 100% juice and not just sugar and water. Avoid juices with sweeteners. You can also reduce the hard hit the natural sugars in juice have on your system by drinking it served over ice.


Going to have a latte? Save yourself about 100 calories by switching from half-and-half to skim milk or even better yet, drink soy lattes (if you are not allergic to soy like so many people are!)