Fruit Juice

Published on: Author: Healthy Dynamic

apples and pearsI just watched ‘Food Unwrapped’ on channel 4 which touched on the topic of fruit juice and its high sugar content. I thought it was worth clarifying and reiterating a few points.
Drinking fruit juice is not a substitute for eating whole fruit. Whole fruits contain fibre (soluble and insoluble) which has important health promoting roles in the body. Soluble fibre slows absorption in the gut due to its viscous (gloopy) texture and this protects your body from sudden sugar energy peaks. It also helps you to feel full by turning off hormones that tell your brain you are hungry. Insoluble fibre adds roughage to stools which eases elimination of waste from your bowel.
Fruit juice, whether fresh or from concentrate is very high in fructose (fruit sugar). High amounts of sugar of any kind is toxic to the body, adding extra burden on the liver, contributing to weight gain, and increasing inflammation in the body generally.
My top tips for healthy fruit and juice consumption are to:
1. Eat whole fruit grown in temperate climates such as apples and pears – these have less sugar than tropical fruits such as pineapple and banana and are less stressful to the body.
2. Water down your juice to reduce sugar content – especially for children
3. Drink water and herbal teas as a means to hydrate and save juices for an occasional treat.