Fruit juice is a delicious, refreshing treat. It’s something you might turn to when you’re feeling thirsty or want to get in some vitamins and minerals. But while fruit juice has been hailed for all its nutritional content and may seem like a healthy choice compared to other sugary drinks (like soda), it has a few negative effects on your health and weight.
Unfortunately, yes. You might think that drinking fruit juice instead of soda is a healthier option—and it can be—but only if you’re careful about how much of it you drink.
To set the records straight let us define what we mean when we say fruit juice. Fruit juice is a beverage made from the extraction of whole fruits. It contains water and other nutrients like vitamins, minerals, etc. It is also rich in antioxidants that can help fight free radicals in your body. Some studies have shown that it has health benefits such as reducing cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
The Dark Secrets of Fruit Juice
Fruit juice is one of the most popular drinks in the world. In Africa, it became a popular drink among the middle class and high-net-worth individuals. But with the growth of the economy of many African countries, it became an open option for the different classes of the population. Fruit juices can now be found selling in every store at affordable rates with fresh juice prepared along the streets, especially in hot weather.
But here’s the thing, fruit juices are not 100% what you think they are, or what you’ve heard them be. At least not when you consume them in excess.
Fruit juice has good sugars and bad sugars
Fruit juice can have both good and bad sugars. The good sugars are called fructose, a simple sugar found in fruit. Fructose is naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables and it has a low glycemic index (GI), which means that it does not cause the same harmful effects on blood sugar like other carbohydrates.
Fruit juices also contain glucose, another simple sugar made by plants during photosynthesis. Glucose is an important energy source for our bodies to function properly, but excessive amounts of this nutrient can lead to health problems such as obesity or Type 2 diabetes if not consumed in moderation.
The problem with consuming fruit juices regularly is that these sugary drinks may increase obesity risk especially if you drink them before meals instead of water since most people do not count calories when drinking liquid calories from beverages rather than solid foods such as cookies or candy bars which contains more fiber which helps fill up our stomachs quicker so we don’t feel as hungry later on during the day.
Fruit sugar causes spikes in blood sugar
Fruit juice has a high glycemic index, meaning it causes spikes in blood sugar. This is especially problematic for people with diabetes or those who are sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations. Fruit juice is also a liquid carbohydrate, which means it’s absorbed quickly into your system—just like soda! Plus, fruit juice contains more sugar than whole fruit and lacks the fiber that slows down the absorption of fructose (a simple sugar) into your bloodstream.
They can cause spikes in blood sugar levels followed by crashes when those sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream too quickly by your digestive system. This causes energy swings which lead to fatigue and cravings for even more sugary foods later on in the day (or night).
As you might guess from these two facts alone, drinking fruit juice regularly may lead to weight gain because it doesn’t satiate you as other foods do—it only makes you hungrier for more food later on down the line!
Fruit juices also have lots of calories and are often high in sugar content. For example:
- An 8 oz bottle of orange juice typically has about 110 calories and 26 grams (g) of sugar—which is almost half your daily recommended intake for added sugars! An average-sized orange contains just 50 calories but 15 g of sugar—almost twice as much as an 8 oz bottle of orange juice!
- One cup of orange juice has about 110 calories (2), which is more than an apple or banana would contain. Fruit juices are also not as filling as whole fruits, so you may end up eating more later in the day because your stomach feels empty.
Fruit juice can cause dental woes
The acidity in fruit juice may cause erosion of tooth enamel, cavities, and gum disease. Excessive consumption of acidic food and drinks can damage your teeth by causing tooth decay. Acidic foods include citrus fruits, tomatoes, pineapple, and juices made from them. Acidic foods also include wine, coffee (especially if it is not filtered), soft drinks, or acidic fruit juice mixers with alcohol or sugar added to them such as cranberry juice mixed with vodka or orange juice mixed with rum.
Fruit juices contain natural acids that can dissolve tooth enamel over time. The more frequently you drink these beverages the greater the risk of dental problems like eroding teeth enamel due to their high levels of citric acid content which make them highly corrosive, especially on enamel surfaces (the hard outer layer) where it acts as a solvent at pH levels between 3-5 when ingested regularly over long periods throughout life span by children aged 6-7 years old who drink three glasses per week without brushing their teeth afterward since it does not dissolve tooth structure but rather interacts chemically with surface layers causing loss of minerals from this layer leading up towards root tip exposing underlying dentin beneath which can lead eventually causing cavity formation.”
Fruit juice adds to your weight
Because fruit juice adds sugar to your diet without making your feel full. This can cause weight gain over time.
Fruit juice is not as filling as whole fruit, which means you may be tempted to eat more to feel full. This is because fruit juice has little to no fiber, it doesn’t slow down digestion as whole fruit does. This leaves the body with too much sugar at once, leading to an energy spike followed by a crash that leaves you tired and hungry again soon after drinking the juice.
The calories from fruit juice don’t fill you up as well as the fiber in whole fruits would, so you end up eating more food later on. This can lead to weight gain, which is linked with diabetes and heart disease.
How to get the best of fruit juices
The amount of sugar in fruit juice varies depending on the type of fruit and how much water you add. For example, apple juice has about 11 grams of sugar per 8 ounces, while pear juice has about 10 grams per 8 ounces (1). That may not seem like much, but if you’re drinking several glasses a day that could add up!
Drinking fruit juice in moderation is the best way to consume it.
While there are benefits to drinking fruit juice in moderation, it’s important to note that there are some drawbacks too. It’s best to drink fruit juice as part of a balanced diet—not in place of solid foods. If you are going to drink fruit juice, make sure you don’t exceed your daily limit. The recommended daily allowance is 2 cups per day for children and 4 cups per day for adults. For example:
- If you drink two glasses of orange juice every morning with breakfast, then this is already 100% of the RDA!
- Drinking four glasses of orange juice per day will put your body over its limit and could cause adverse side effects such as abdominal pain or diarrhea.”
Don’t drink too much fruit juice, as it can be harmful to your health and can cause weight gain.
Your body needs a balance of good sugars, bad sugars, and other types of carbohydrates to function. Fruit juice is similar to soda in that it’s high in natural sugar content, but fruit juices are usually healthier than sodas because they contain more vitamins and minerals. This doesn’t mean you can drink all the fruit juice you want without any concern for your health or weight gain. Fruit juice has many calories that come from fructose and glucose; these sugars provide energy for the body initially, but they are converted into fat if eaten too much.
Fruit juices also contain citric acid (found mostly in citrus fruits), which may cause heartburn or indigestion if consumed regularly by people who have this condition already or who have sensitive stomachs. Some fruits like apples contain pectin fiber that can help prevent constipation if you’re drinking too much fruit juice daily; however, most other fruits do not have enough pectin fiber to counteract the negative effects on your digestive system caused by drinking too much fruit juice regularly throughout each day–especially those containing citrus juices such as orange or lemonade!
The best way to consume fruit is by eating the whole fruit or drinking a glass of water with the fruit. Or you could make the fruit into a smoothie where all the fibers of the whole fruit are preserved.
Fruit juice is a very healthy part of a balanced diet. Juice from fruits and vegetables contains many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that play an important role in the body’s normal functioning processes. It also contains beneficial antioxidants which can help with memory loss, improve your mood, and even slow down the aging process!
However, there are some concerns about fruit juice because it has been shown to have high levels of sugar which can have different effects on your weight and health. But even though we understand why consuming too much juice can be bad for us, it doesn’t mean we should banish it from our diets altogether—there are ways to incorporate healthy fruit juices into your diet without going overboard!
So what’s the best way to drink your fruits? If you want to get some extra vitamins in your diet but don’t want to gain weight or increase your chances of serious health problems down the road—opt for eating whole fruits instead of drinking their juice!