Want to Look Good Naked? Click Here! »

Is Fruit Juice Good For You? Don’t Start Juicing Until You’ve Read This

fresh fruit juice good or bad

Is fruit juice good for you? It’s a seemingly simple question but it can set off very long-winded answers. We’ll try not to bore you with one of those. But here’s what you need to know about the good – and bad – of drinking fruit juice.

Is Fruit Juice Good for You? It Depends…

You already know that store-bought fruit juice is generally not good for you, but what about the fresh fruit juice you can make right at home?

The question of whether pure, freshly juiced fruit juice is bad for you is slightly complicated.

See, fresh fruit is great for you and juicing fresh fruit allows you to consume much more fruit at one time. Sounds good, right? And more of a good thing should be better but as with many things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad.

See, actual fruit contains important components that are lost through the process of juicing.

The fiber found in fruits, for example, is what stops you from eating 3 or 4 apples in one sitting – it would just fill you up too much. This is why eating actual fresh fruit isn’t much of a sugar threat.

Fruit juice, on the other hand, takes out the fiber so you can add 3 to 4 apples (and all the sugar that it contains) and still get only ONE 8-ounce glass of fresh apple juice.

And how many of those glasses do you think you can drink?

It’s this lack of fiber in fresh fruit juice that makes it incredibly easy for anyone to end up consuming much more sugar than they’d like to.

Why Fruit Juice Can Be Bad

That lack of fiber can be great when it comes to juicing veggies because it allows for faster, better digestion but in the case of fruit, the absence of fiberdenies you the handy time-release of sugar that fiber provides.

In addition to this, juicing removes some of the fruit’s skin (goes toward pulp) in the juicing process.

This isn’t great news since the skin of the fruit is where the fruit interacts with sunlight and forms a variety of colored pigments, including carotenoids and flavonoids, which are incredibly helpful nutrients that help to protect our skin and bodies from free radicals and other damage.

After all, it’s the skin of the fruit often contains the bulk of a fruit’s nutrients.

Still, I’m not going to say that fresh fruit juice is bad for you per se.

Rather, I’d simply like to break our natural association that fruit = healthy, and shift this to a more nuanced understanding of how to consume fruit so it truly is healthy.

How to Make Healthy Fruit Juice

So, the question we should be asking is not whether “fruit juice” in itself is good or bad for you, but how fresh fruit juice can be consumed to provide the MOST benefits and the LEAST harm.

Here are some quick tips on how to drink fresh fruit juice that is GOOD for you.

Drink it Fresh

Don’t settle for processed, store-bought juice. If you’re going to drink fruit juice, make it yourself from pure, natural fruit.

And when you do – remember to drink it as soon as you can. The second that your fresh pressed juice hits the air, its nutrients will begin to oxidize and its enzymes will begin to denature, meaning you’ll lose nutritional value. Drinking your juice directly after you make it is the easiest way to reap the most benefits from fresh juice.

Note: A lot of people want to make large batches of juice and store them in their fridge for later use. While this is convenient, it isn’t great if you want to gain the most nutrients from your home made juice. Its recommended that you drink your juice within 20 minutes after making it.

However, if you must – and most of us do, let’s be honest – if you do have to store extra juice, then make sure you store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Juice made from slow juicers (masticating and triturating juicers) can be stored for 72 hours, but juices made using centrifugal juicers should be consumed immediately. Find out how best to store fresh juice to retain maximum nutrients!

Use Fruit it Sweeten

Vegetable juices are amazing for you. So instead of drinking all-fruit juices, use fruits as a sweetener to flavor mostly-veggie juices! Adding just a little bit of fruit to your veggie juices goes a long way in the sweetness factor and you’ll have overall healthier juices.

Drink in Moderation

Sweet fruits and vegetables such as apples, watermelon, pineapple and carrots make juices taste delicious. Produce that is naturally sweet can easily mask any exotic fruit or vegetable that you aren’t too fond of, however too many sweet fruits can add excess sugar to your juices.

The sugar that is found in fruits and vegetables is completely natural, but you still shouldn’t overload on it. If your juice has too much natural sugar in it then your insulin and blood glucose levels could be affected.

Overtime, you could begin to crave more sugary foods, and your metabolism could slow, causing you to gain weight. Try to stick with one sweet fruit per glass of juice. For green juices, you can even cut most of the sweet fruits. You’ll begin feeling better without the excess fructose in your diet, and you will grow accustomed to drinking juices that are less than sweet.

As delicious as fruit juice is, just remember: Fruit is good for you – as long as you don’t exceed your sugar intake. Drink as much in fruit juice as you would eat in actual fruit and no more.

Choose the Best Juicer

By the best juicer, I mean a juicer that allows close to 100% retention of the pulp and skin of fresh fruit.

In my honest opinion – the best juicer for fruits is actually a blender since it keeps all the fiber content intact. If you plan on juicing a lot of fruit, I highly recommend the Hurom Slow Juicer & Smoothie Maker below since it’s a superb juicer for juicing both fruits and vegetables and it also has a great blender function so you can add in your fibrous, mushy fruits to make a mean smoothie.

If you plan on juicing mostly fruits, I’d recommend that you save money by splurging on a great blender instead of a juicer. I use and highly recommend the Nutri Ninja, which does a fantabulous job of blending copious amounts of fruit (and veggies).

HUROM JUICER & BLENDER

NUTRI NINJA PRO

Mix Up Your Fruits

Because fruit juices are so lovely, you might find yourself getting very fond of one or two particular types of fruits to juice – like watermelon and lime juice (guilty!).

It’s so easy to fall into a routine, especially when it comes to what we juice. However, if you juice the same fruits every day, then you aren’t introducing new nutrients, phytonutrients and antioxidants to your body. Instead of using the same old fruits each day, try to find more fruit juice recipes you love, then switch it up. By drinking different juices each morning you’ll gain a wider range of nutrients, and you won’t get bored with your daily dose of vitamins.

7comments
Juicing vs Blending: What’s the Difference? | Just Juice - January 9, 2013

[…] For juices, the lack of fiber makes it incredibly easy to consume huge amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables in one go. This is beneficial when you’re drinking vegetables that are low in calories and sugar, but can quickly exceed your recommended sugar dose when you juice fruit. […]

Reply
Why You Should Blend Your Fruits and Juice Your Veggies | Just Juice - January 18, 2013

[…] Another reason why blending your fruits – instead of juicing them – is preferable is because of the high sugar content in fruit. Fruits juices are easy and delicious to make, making it all too easy to overdo your sugar intake when it comes to juicing fruit. […]

Reply
Is Fruit Juice Bad For You? | Just Juice - March 8, 2013

[…] This has become a popular question lately and it reflects the growing suspicion that fruit juice can be bad for you. But before we answer this question, we want to first clarify an important difference between store-bought fruit juice and pure, freshly squeezed or blended fruit juice. We’ll only be talking about store-bought fruit juice in this article. Click here for the specifics on whether pure, fresh fruit juice is good or bad for you. […]

Reply
Fresh Fruit Juice - Is It Good Or Bad For You? | - May 13, 2014

[…] Photo via justjuice.org […]

Reply
    Maniksha Sharma - August 24, 2017

    Fresh fruit juice is always good for health, but every time it is not possible for us to drink fresh juice due to our busy and hectic schedule. So we should always go for an healthy alternate solution if we don’t have the time to make a fresh juice for ourself. I normally preferred cold-pressed juices from Raw Pressery. They don’t have any kind of preservatives and sugar in their juice.

    Reply
June Juicing – My Mother's Garden - June 18, 2016

[…] Do not use too much fruit. Fruit contains a lot of sugar. When we take away the natural fiber  (through the juicing process) we speed up the release of sugars in our digestive system.  For more information visit this website: to juice fruit or not to juice fruit. […]

Reply
3r Global - July 3, 2016

Instead of using sugar to sweeten your vegetable juice, just use fruit for the sweetener.

Reply
Click here to add a comment

Leave a comment:


Ready to just juice?

GET A FREE BOOK OF HEALTHY JUICE RECIPES!

juice recipes book
  • Juice recipes to fight acne, burn fat, detox your liver and more!
  • Get calorie and nutrition info for each recipe (as well as prep tips)!
x