You probably think that fruit juice is a good beverage to have, right? You have been hearing that you are getting your vitamins, fiber, water … Unfortunately it is not so and here is why: Fruit juice is a very processed beverage (pasteurized, stripped of nutrients), full of sugar and/or other additives and is actually very dehydrating!
Yes! You have to replenish your body with twice as much water when you or your loved ones have any fruit juice. The same thing applies to a freshly squeezed fruit juice! You have to dilute it with water also! So why is fruit juice not so good for me or my children?
As I stated before, fruit juice contains lots of sugar! “Sugar consumption is associated with hyperactivity, behavior problems, lack of concentration and violent tendencies. […] sugar consumption is the cause of bone loss and dental decay because it alters the internal body chemistry.” (Fallon, Enig, Ph.D.: Nourishing Traditions) Think about it. There is a difference when you have a single apple, a banana or an orange that has some sugar in it as opposed to a fruit juice that has many apples or oranges, or other fruits mixed in. How much sugar are you or your children getting then?
Sugar is actually a toxic substance because it is very irritating to your cells. It disrupts the delicate internal acid-alkaline balance, which can lead to mineral deficiencies. “A survey of medical journals in the 1970s produced findings implicating sugar as a causative factor in kidney disease, liver disease, shortened life span, increased desire for coffee and tobacco, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.” (Fallon, Enig, Ph.D.: Nourishing Traditions) From our physiology point of view we were never meant to consume so much sugar! Ever! “In 1821, the average sugar intake in America was 10 pounds per person per year; today it is 170 pounds per person per year.” (Fallon, Enig, Ph.D.: Nourishing Traditions) This data is from 2001, so I am sure that sugar intake is much higher in 2013! That is plain crazy!
“There is as much sugar in a glass of orange juice as there is in a candy bar – and most of it is FRUCTOSE, which is more HARMFUL than the sucrose of sugar. Consumption of apple juice has been linked to failure to thrive in infants.” (Fallon, Enig, Ph.D.: Nourishing Traditions) The liver has to work very hard to deal with fructose. Foods or beverages that are high in fructose are dangerous for growing children. Did you know that sorbitol, the sugar-alcohol in apple juice, is very difficult to digest? Do your children complain that their tummy hurts after they have any fruit juice? Well, now you know what could be the cause. This is also interesting: “One cause of pickiness is consumption of fruit juice, which can take away a child’s appetite.” (Morell, Cowan, MD: The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care)
Fruit juices are just concentrates of fructose, which is very damaging to your liver and overall well-being. So now you know what sugar does to your or your childrens’ bodies and why to avoid fruit juices. Your best bet is to avoid fruit juices altogether for the simple reasons stated in this article.
Anna Simpson is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the owner of a nutritional consulting business, Well Beyond Nutrition – Nutritional Therapy with Healing Foods. Anna is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
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