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4 Surprising Reasons Drinking Fruit Juice Isn’t As Good As You Believe

4 Surprising Reasons Drinking Fruit Juice Isn’t As Good As You Believe

Whenever we read something about the health of our teeth or how we could lose weight, we see how bad soda drinks are. We’re told that they ought to be replaced by some healthier solutions, like homemade juices using organic fruits and vegetables. When you think about it, it really does sound like a much healthier way of introducing vitamins into your body. There’s nothing wrong with apple juice mixed with orange, cranberry, or blueberry juice. Or is there?

Well, according to some new studies, fruit juices might not be as healthy as we initially thought. The most common problem is that they contain large amounts of natural sugars, which is still bad for you even though they’re from a healthy source. So, what else is wrong with a glass of fruit juice that you yourself squeezed?

1. Sugar is sugar, no matter the source

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Types of sugar

    As I just mentioned, fruits are naturally loaded with a lot of sugar. Typically around 10 per cent of fruit is pure carbohydrates, a fancy name for sugar. It is true that drinking fruit juice will provide your body with many more vitamins and minerals than a typical soda, but this does not mean that the benefits outweigh the downfalls.

    While juices are loaded with antioxidants, which is an extremely good thing since these can slow down the damage done to our body by free radicals, juices usually lack the dietary fiber that is present in the fresh, whole fruit.

    However, if we look at the energy value juice has, it has the same number of calories, or even more, than an ordinary soda drink. This all leads to the conclusion that while fruit juice does have more beneficial vitamins and minerals, because it has the same amount of calories it is not recommended in large quantities due to the risk of developing sugar-related diseases and health issues, such as diabetes.

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    2. Store-bought fruit juice has hidden surprises

    Fresh orange juice

      Processed fruit juice is not as healthy as they want you to think. And it doesn’t matter that the label says it’s 100% natural, or healthy. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some chemicals added to prolong its shelf-life. Simply put, the vitamins in juice deteriorate over time, meaning that the beneficial effects of the fruit juice disappear.

      Also, prolonged storage can diminish the taste of juice. Many manufacturers add flavor packs, which are not counted as concentrates or as additives, despite the fact that they are not commonly present in a juice. Because store-bought juice is stored in an oxygen-less environment, it loses its original taste, which is replaced by flavor packs. It doesn’t even matter if you are paying for a high-quality product; the chances are that it is far from being the same juice you would get if you squeezed oranges in your own kitchen. All those ingredients added by the manufacturers are designed to make the juice seem fresh once you open the bottle.

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      3. The “light, healthy alternative” advertising is misleading

      Juice from various fruits

        Because drinking fruit juice is advertised as a much healthier option, people naturally assume that it has fewer calories and that they can drink unlimited amounts of it without being afraid of negative consequences. We all know that too much of a good thing can also be bad, and this cannot be more true for fruit and vegetable juices. Even if we consume only the juice we prepare at home, without any additional ingredients and sugars added, it is still a calorie bomb.

        Many people mistake juice as a good option for losing weight, while the effects can be quite the opposite. While there are certain combinations of different fruit and vegetables that can be squeezed and used to slightly improve weight loss, you should not go overboard with them or cut out other solid food sources. In order to avoid consuming too many calories, you can add water to your favorite mix to decrease the number of calories per cup, but you should never add honey or white (or even brown) sugar. While your body can tell the difference between different kinds of sugars, ultimately, all it sees are calories.

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        4. Fruit juice is not so good for your teeth

        teeth and smile

          The outer layer of your teeth is the hardest substance the body can produce. This enamel is harder than bones, but still, it is nothing if it exposed to the acids produced by bacteria that feed on sugar. When we drink high-sugar drinks we are soaking every nook and cranny of our mouth in them, which bacteria use to multiply. The simplest solution would be to thoroughly rinse your mouth or brush your teeth right after drinking fruit juice. Brushing your teeth after every major meal is actually what dentists recommend anyway, because you will quickly develop tooth decay if you wait until evening before cleaning your teeth.

          Another important thing to remember is that drinking apple juice is not the same as biting off a piece of apple. Juice lacks the fibers that are present in the whole fruit, which are necessary for proper digestion. Furthermore, chewing an apple will physically clean your teeth and will massage your gums, increasing the blood flow. Your body will expend energy to break a piece of apple down into small bits, and then will use more energy in your stomach to digest those bits. All that is not necessary when drinking already mashed fruit. Make sure to chew your fruit — there are no shortcuts to health.

          This all leads to the conclusion that fruit juice is not really the magical solution that we all hope for, especially if you want to lose weight and maintain good oral hygiene. While it is true that it has more vitamins and minerals than an ordinary soda drink, it also has the same amount of calories, so it’s not really a good substitution. You could prepare a fruit smoothie as a replacement for one meal, or better yet, eat the fruit fresh and chew it.

          Don’t trust whatever you hear on TV: make your own fruit juice at home, where you will be sure that there are no additives hidden behind a 100% natural label. Take care of how much you eat and do not get lulled into thinking that you can drink juices as much as you want. If you are planning on changing your diet, consult a dietitian, as only they can help you find the perfect regimen that will suit your body’s needs.

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          Ivan Dimitrijevic

          Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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