Everybody loves juice for breakfast. You go to your fridge every morning and grab a nice glass a orange juice, the healthy stuff though (the not from concentrate). There is one thing that is completely incorrect about that statement.
Notice I said healthy. Juice by nature is not all that healthy and even the “not from concentrate” stuff is horrible, in particular if you have a few extra pounds around the waist.
The Peel is the Best Part For You…
Oranges are full of simple sugars. When you remove the “white stuff” around the outside of the orange and the peel. This is typically where all of the nutrients are stored
When you squeeze the juice out, you are essentially getting water and sugar out of the orange. I read a statement once that was pretty profound changed the way I think of fruit:
“Fruit was made to taste good so you would eat the entire thing.”
When you eat only the “taste good” stuff, you are leaving behind the real nutrients.
Coca Cola or a Morning Juice? How Dare I Compare…
Sugar is sugar is sugar…in particular when you are trying to lose weight. Simple sugars like that of which are in juices and pop metabolise within your system very quickly. This in essence means that if you are not burning enough calories in a day, these sugars are quickly stored as FAT.
More sugar = More fat.
In a glass of not from concentrate orange juice, there are 26g of sugar.
That is in less than a cup, most people on average will drink a full 160z (500ml) glass of orange juice in the morning, meaning they are drinking 52g of sugar.
And what most people are doing by grabbing the “healthy” juice and drinking on average 500 ml (20% of your recommended daily sugar intake), you are starting your day off on the wrong foot.
Would I say orange juice is bad for you? Not compared to pop which is pure sugar with no nutrition (and added chemicals), but there are definitely much better alternatives and juice is actually one of them. Huh?
I Don’t Hate Juice Though, I Drink it Every Morning!
I want to be completely honest with you, I drink juice every morning. Not the normal type of juice, I drink blended fruits. There is a big difference. I am putting the skins, the peels and often times the cores and seed of the fruit in my body. This is where the fiber and the nutrients lie. More fiber, less hunger.
Here is an example shake that I actually made this morning in my Vitamix blender.
I drink one of these every morning with my breakfast. This particular shake has apple (with skin), orange/lemon/lime all with the “white” part, watermelon, frozen cherries, and spinach. This is FULL of fiber and the nutrition is totally retained because I am in essence, drinking the entire fruit (many different types) along with some added spinach for popeye health.
Most people think that orange juice is full of Vitamin C and why wouldn’t you. Every OJ you have every picked up in the grocery store has shown you 100% of your daily Vitamin C intake. This is deceiving though because these juices are PUMPED full of unnatural vitamin C.
If you eat the entire fruit, there is more nutrients but the average orange has less Vitamin C than:
- Black Currants
- Cantalopue and Honeydew
That is the reality. We are predisposed to false information every day and one of them is that “not from concentrate” is really good for you. It simply isn’t and there are excellent alternatives to it.
Trading Juice for These Will Lead to 2lbs of Weight Loss!
If you just have to have something with your breakfast in the morning or you are snacking on juices throughout the day, you need to truly consider a no sugar, no calories replacement. These include:
- Green Tea.
A reasonable size glass of juice is approximately 200 calories, if you multiple that by one glass every day that is 6,000 additional calories to your diet. If you simply replace this with water, you would be automatically losing 2lbs of FAT (there are just over 3,000 calories to a pound of fat) every single month…by trading your high sugar juice for water.
Simple as that! Next time you grab for the “not from concentrate” orange juice (or any juice for that matter), do realize there are much better alternatives out there.