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Harmful Effects Of Fruit Juice Many People Don’t Realize

Harmful Effects Of Fruit Juice Many People Don’t Realize

You may think that fruit juice is a healthy alternative to other drinks? Wrong, I am afraid! You probably think the “fruit” label is going to provide you with at least some of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that real fruit contains. Again, this is false but it is widely believed. We know that the average American drinks about 30 litres of fruit juice every year. You probably suspected that fruit juice is a poor substitute and you were right. Here are 5 harmful effects of fruit juice you were probably not aware of.

1. Fruit juice may have some nasty chemicals in it

It has to be stored and the only way to do that is to use enormous tanks which strip the oxygen out. Because it does not taste anything like the real thing, they developed flavor packs which were perfected in the 1960s, to add the taste and flavors back in.

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The problem is that these flavor packs are never listed on the ingredient labels because they supposedly just contain orange essence or oil. The reality is dangerously different. They contain high amounts of a chemical called ethyl butyrate which mimics the fragrance of freshly squeezed orange juice. Nothing natural about these chemicals, so eat an orange or an apple instead!

2. Fruit juice has a very limited number of nutrients

Nothing like freshly-squeezed orange juice! Pure, healthy juice full of vitamin C and lots of other goodies. Wrong again! Sweet juices, even freshly squeezed ones, are mostly fructose and have the same unhealthy effects on your body as a soft drink. (However, the fruit juice does at least contain a small amount of the nutrients such as Vitamin C, B1, folic acid, and potassium that you get in the whole fruit). It does not have the fiber content so that is why it is always better to go for the real thing.

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3. Fruit juice has loads of sugar

You know the problem with fruit juice? Look at these shocking statistics. A 12 oz can of Coca Cola contains 140 calories and 40 grams of sugar. No surprises there. But look at the same quantity of apple juice. It has even more calories (165) and 39 grams of sugar! Not great when you are watching your weight.

“Fruit juice is absorbed very fast, so by the time it gets to your stomach your body doesn’t know whether it’s Coca-Cola or orange juice, frankly. I have to say it is a relatively easy thing to give up. Swap it and have a piece of real fruit.” – Susan Jebb, head of the diet and obesity research group at the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research unit at Cambridge University.

4. Fruit juice may be connected with risk of diabetes

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have been concentrating their studies on how eating apples, pears, grapes and blueberries can actually lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Blueberries get the prize in that people who ate three servings a week had a 26% less chance of getting diabetes.

Bad news for fruit juice! The same researchers found that people who drank fruit juice had an 8% increased risk of getting the disease. They asked participants to drink half a liter of undiluted grape juice daily for a three month period. Lots of antioxidants in the juice but it actually increased their resistance to insulin.

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“Our data further endorse current recommendations on increasing whole fruits, but not fruit juice, as a measure for diabetes prevention.” – Isao Muraki, researcher at the Department of Nutrition at HSPH.

5. Fruit juice may cause gout in women

Guess what may cause gout, a painful form of arthritis, to flare up in women? Fruit juice and soda drinks. The American Medical Association has published a study which incriminates fruit juice because of its high fructose content. Women who took a few servings of fruit juice or sodas a day were twice as much at risk of suffering from gout than those women who had less than one serving a month.

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As we have seen, fruit juice is no longer the safer and healthier alternative to fruit because of the processing and its high sugar content. The best motto to follow is eat fruit but don’t drink it!

Featured photo credit: Juicing/ Rob Bertholf via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 5, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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