Get these drinks out of your diet
You want to lose weight, so you’re watching what you eat. Makes sense, but what you drink is just as important. However, it’s much harder to see if drinks are healthy based on their looks. It’s easy to tell that a cookie with lots of sugar and chocolate doesn’t do much for your diet. But is apple juice healthy or not? And a smoothie? In any case, the following drinks can be taken out of your diet.
1. 100% apple juice
Apple juice, it’s actually not healthy in any form. It might sound healthy – because it contains apples – but it isn’t. And 100% apple juice is the unhealthiest of them all. Not what you’d expect. The high percentage of concentrated sugar and calories in the fruit juice can lead to weight gain. There are of course vitamins in 100% apple juice, but not enough to counteract all the sugar. The amount of sugar is even comparable to that of a can of soda.
2. Orange juice
Orange juice, like apple juice, is usually not very healthy either. The drink is low in fruit juice, usually only 5% to 10%. In addition, there is a lot of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in orange juice. HFCS is derived from corn starch and is cheaper than sugar, which is why many food manufacturers like to use it. It is also sweeter than sugar and absorbed by the body more quickly. As a result, the blood sugar level can drop quickly thus making you want even more sugar.
A smoothie can be very healthy, but most pre-packaged smoothies found at the grocery store are not. This is a big disappointment for many people. The drink seems to be very healthy. There are fruit and vegetables in it, right? Correct, but it also contains a lot of sugar. One smoothie can even contain as much, sometimes even more, sugar than a can of soda. Pressing fruits and vegetables removes most, if not all, of the fiber. As a result, especially the sugars remain.
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