Monday, March 15, 2010

To Juice Or Not Too Juice?

"Medium oranges are ideal for juicing. Three or four medium oranges will yield 8 ounces of juice." ~ www.orangejuicefacts.com

The advice: Don't drink juice -- it's a sugar bomb.

Why it's useless: Juice is a breakfast staple, and it's essential for smoothies.

The real deal: There's a big difference between 100 percent juice and a bottle of sugar water with a few cranberries squeezed into it. Yes, juice has a lot of the sweet stuff, but a six-ounce glass of 100 percent juice also counts as a full serving of fruit and delivers many of the same vitamins and antioxidants, making it worth the occasional sugar rush, says Jessica Ganzer, R.D., owner of Ganzer Wellness Consulting in Arlington, Virginia. And it can be the easiest way to get a superfood: Drinking 100 percent pomegranate juice is easy; picking apart a real pomegranate, not so much. As long as you drink 100 percent juice (from concentrate is fine) and limit yourself to one six-to-eight ounce glass a day, you're not breaking any rules of good nutrition. If you're seriously cutting back on calories or carbs, try Tropicana's Light 'n Healthy line; a serving has about half the sugar (10 grams) and calories (50) of normal juice.

~ Women's Health Magazine
I typically start my morning off with a small glass of orange juice, and most days I usually have a glass of fruit & vegetable blend juice. If you're in Canada I highly recommend the PC "Blue Menu, 100% Fruit & Vegetable Blend, Blueberry-Pomegranate Flavour..... yeah it's a mouthful to say, but it's yummy.

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