WHY DRINKING JUICE CAN MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT

WRITTEN BY: AISLING EDITED BY: ABIGAIL FEWEL, MS, RD, LDN

If you have recently started drinking juice but noticed you are gaining weight, there is a possibility that the juice is the culprit. And here are some of the reason why ...

The process of juicing strips fruits and vegetables of their fiber. This is the very thing that keeps you full longer.  To compensate, you might drink more, unintentionally taking in more calories  than you would have otherwise.

Juice is not filling

Fruit juices can have a high amount of sugar. For instance, a 6-ounce cup of an orange and grapefruit juice contains about 20 grams of sugar. Even though green juices have less sugar, there are sneaky recipes with high sugar content as they include tons of fruits!

Juice has sugar

Fructose is a type of sugar you can find in fruits, honey, and corn syrup. One study showed that participants who consumed a quarter of their caloric intake from fructose-sweetened beverages had an increase in visceral fat.  Another study also showed that a high-fructose diet burned less fat and slowed metabolism.

Fructose In Juices

Bottom Line  There is nothing wrong with juices as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, but moderation is key.

Instead of juicing, try eating whole fruits and vegetables. They will give you a lot of fiber, raise your blood sugar slowly, and provide you with same  vitamins and minerals.

Track The Ingredients 

Don't be fooled by the array of colors and the trendiness of juicing.  Remember, fruits are nature's candy so be mindful of the quantity. Add back pulp when you can, and opt for green juices that use mostly vegetables as they have fewer calories and sugars.

Want to learn other interesting facts about juicing, or recipes on making healthy juices? More at DrinkFiltered.com