How Much Sugar Does Freshly Squeezed Juice Actually Have?

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Drinking freshly squeezed juice sounds like an amazing and healthy option, does it not?

If were to conduct a poll on which drink has more sugar, fresh juice or a soft drink, most people vote for the soda. But actually, juice has just as much sugar as soda –and sometimes, even more.

While drinking juice may be healthier since fresh juice certainly has lots of vitamins and antioxidants, it’s not a free pass to drink the stuff around the clock. The amount of sugar that’s found in juice means that it’s not healthy to consume too much. Excessive sugar can lead to health issues and weight problems, and the acid in most juice means that drinking too much can also be damaging to your teeth.

To put things in perspective, here’s something you may not know. To make 16oz of apple juice, you would need approximately two pounds of apples. Not only would you have 96 grams of sugar in your juice, you would have consumed those two pounds of apples –yikes! For comparison, one can of cola has 39 grams of sugar. While fruit may be the healthier option, you still need to keep in mind the amount of sugar that’s in the drink.

This doesn’t mean that you should give up fruit, or throw out your juicer; it just means that it’s important to keep things in perspective. Here are a few tips to help you juice –the smart way.

Add Veggies to Your Juice
Juicing veggies and leafy greens can be a great way to reduce the sugar content of your juice, while at the same time upping the nutrition. Tossing a handful of spinach, some carrots, or celery can make a great addition to your juice, reducing the sugar.

Choose a Better Juicer
Another way to get more from your juice is buying a juicer that includes the skins of the fruit in your juice. Since most of the nutrients and fiber are found in the skins or pulp of the fruit, a simple juicer won’t give you all that goodness, but will instead squeeze out the juice and throw out the rest. To get the most from your juice, consider splashing out on a more expensive juicer that will help you to make healthier drinks.

Drink Within Moderation
Finally, if you do decide to drink purely squeezed juice, or you simply enjoy the taste, be sure to drink within moderation. Keep in mind the sugar content, and choose your portion sizes accordingly.

In moderation, juicing can be a great way to enjoy healthy and nutritious drinks, just keep in mind the sugar content, and remember that in most cases, enjoying your fruit whole –skin and all, is one of the very best ways to ensure that you get all of the nutrients and fiber.

Do you juice?

Is Gluten-Free Real or Is It in Your Mind?

The latest and greatest health food craze is switching to a gluten-free. From your Uncle Bill to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Gosling, it seems that every day someone else is jumping onto this bandwagon.

What’s all the fuss about? Does going gluten-free offer genuine health benefits? Should everyone go gluten-free? Has Uncle Bill been the picture of health since giving up gluten?

The answers are yes, no and unconfirmed.

If you’re curious about going gluten-free and wondering what all the buzz is about, read on to see what you should know about this movement.

Going Gluten-Free Isn’t Always Necessary
Here’s the thing: for some people, going gluten-free is necessary. For individuals who have celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), adopting a gluten-free diet is the best solution. For everyone else, though, consuming gluten is perfectly fine. Most people assume that going gluten-free is a healthy option, however, this is only the case if you have a gluten intolerance or allergy.

Gluten-Free Isn’t a Weight Loss Diet
Going gluten-free isn’t an ideal weight loss diet. With any diet, what you eat is more important than what you don’t eat. Dropping gluten doesn’t automatically mean that the rest of your diet will be great. In fact, in fact in many cases, eating gluten-free products means you will be ingesting more carbs and sugars.

Gluten is Everywhere
Those who have decided to stick it out and “go gluten-free or go home” may be surprised to discover just how many products contain gluten! Gluten is sneaky and is often in places where you would least expect it to be, such as salad dressings. If you are allergic to gluten, you will need to be smart about reading labels and take time to discover all the things that contain gluten.

It’s important to prioritize your health when making the decision to go gluten-free. For those who are allergic, giving up gluten is important for their well-being. But for everyone else, there’s no evidence to suggest that it’s necessary. Although, as with all health matters, only you can make the decision for yourself, so be sure to follow a diet that helps you to feel your best… regardless of whether it’s trendy or not.

What are your thoughts on the gluten-free movement?

Why Convenience Isn’t Always Best

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Drive through windows, carpool lanes, and instant noodles: we’re all about making the most of our time and taking shortcuts whenever possible.

We’re used to having everything instantly. Our busy lifestyles demand it. In our rushes, we don’t seem to have the time to eat healthily, and with so many pre-packaged and ready-to-go options, we often sacrifice healthy meals for convenience.

Unfortunately, convenience isn’t always better. Especially when it comes to pre-packaged, heavily processed foods. Sure, they’re popular – and easy to grab and go – but, they’re often loaded with additives, sodium, unhealthy fats, and sugars.

Here’s a look at some added nasties that exist in heavily processed foods. See why you’ll want to think twice before you reach for that pre-packaged meal by reading below.

Sodium
You may have heard that it’s important to “watch your sodium.” Although some sodium is necessary, too much can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. Most people should limit their sodium to less than 1,500 milligrams per day. Unfortunately, processed food is filled with sodium. Leading offenders include pizza, frozen dinners, soups, snacks, processed meats, and cheese. While this doesn’t mean that you have to throw out everything in your cupboards, it does mean that you should be aware of the amount of sodium in your food and avoid overly processed, sodium-laden products.

Additives
Additives are used in most pre-packaged foods to preserve the items, and to also help them look and taste appealing. Common additives that might be lurking in your food include monosodium glutamate, aspartame, saccharin, sulfates, sodium nitrate, artificial colors and flavors, and many, many more. While government approved, these ingredients can still cause adverse reactions in some people… and they’re certainly not considered healthy. As a general rule, you’ll want to look for foods that include a shorter list of ingredients, and only ones that you understand!

Added Sugars
As you undoubtedly know, many drinks, treats, and sweets have excessively high levels of sugar. But you may not know that many pre-packaged foods – not just sweet treats – also contain sugar. Tomato sauce, salad dressing, many breakfast foods, yogurts, and low-fat items are often loaded with it. Too much sugar can increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Unhealthy Fats
Pre-packaged foods are often high in fats, including trans fat. While trans fat helps to give processed foods a longer shelf life, it can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Look out for foods that include hydrogenated oil, as it contains trans fat.

While it might not be the most convenient option, choosing fresh and non-packaged foods is the best way to eat healthier. Look to replace some of the processed food in your diet with fresh alternatives. Your body will thank you for it!

Do you have any time-saving food prep tips?