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  • What about juice?

    What about juice? Fruit and veg juice. Are they primal i cant imagine that they are.
    It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
    Henry Ward Beecher

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    Technically, yes. In reality, no. Juice is a highly concentrated fructose source, without any of the fruit cellulose or fiber to blunt the absorption. Juice will cause a spike in insulin release. Also, the majority of juices contain added sugar, HFCS, and other stuff. There is absolutely no need for juice in the diet. A Tb or so in a tall glass of water for a bit of flavor? OK every now and then. But not for everyday consumption.

    I also think that juice perpetuates my desire for sweets.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Unicorn View Post
      Technically, yes. In reality, no. Juice is a highly concentrated fructose source, without any of the fruit cellulose or fiber to blunt the absorption. Juice will cause a spike in insulin release. Also, the majority of juices contain added sugar, HFCS, and other stuff. There is absolutely no need for juice in the diet. A Tb or so in a tall glass of water for a bit of flavor? OK every now and then. But not for everyday consumption.

      I also think that juice perpetuates my desire for sweets.
      What about juice that you make yourself?
      It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
      Henry Ward Beecher

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      • #4
        Fruit juice is generally frowned upon. Way to much sugar and its better to just eat the entire fruit. I suppose primitive man couldve squeezed some juice out but I imagine they just eat the whole thing.

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        • #5
          I used to adore my juicer. Would mix apples, oranges, kiwi, cup of blueberries, spinach, carrots, etc and drink the whole thing.

          So the equivalent of 4 fruits = 60 g carbs. For a drink. No wonder I gained 5 lbs on the 'healthy' juices I made myself.

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          • #6
            If you are going to drink juice I would suggest fresh made and keeping it to 4-6 ounces. I didn't gain weight with juicing.

            My favourites:
            Red delicious apple with lemon
            Apple with carrot
            Fresh pineapple
            Orange with strawberries or raspberries
            Veg Medley with tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper, celery, onion, parsley
            Celery and cucumber

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            • #7
              I think juice is basically frowned upon. That being said I do drink organic tomato juice and the occasional prune juice.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dullahan View Post
                What about juice that you make yourself?
                Only if you put crap in your juice.

                I'm not a big fan of juice but the occasional smoothie is a good treat that's not as bad as a chemical laden crap soda

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                • #9
                  My hubby drinks juice on the weekends like it is going out of style. We finally brought it up this weekend. I kind of feel that since I am now losing weight I can talk nutrition. He was surprised to hear the concerns with so much fruit juice, even if it is 100% juice.

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                  • #10
                    It's really easy to find stuff that's 100% juice. Just look at the labels. They proclaim it pretty loud if it is. But yeah, you're getting all the fructose and none of the fiber. It's way too easy to overdo it with carbs.

                    I like 100% cranberry juice (expensive and ridiculously tart!) diluted in lots of water, or grapefruit juice....but I prefer to avoid all juice.
                    carl's cave

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                    • #11
                      If HFCS is bad for you because it's 55% fructose, how much worse would 100% froctose be?
                      Lifting Journal

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                      • #12
                        dude, it's not the %, it's the absolute quantity. fruit juice is still better for you than soda. but still not something you want to consume gallons of.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by elwyne View Post
                          dude, it's not the %, it's the absolute quantity. fruit juice is still better for you than soda. but still not something you want to consume gallons of.
                          How do you figure there is less fructose in a glass of fruit juice than equal amount of soda? Logically there is almost twice as much, and fructose, especially in liquid form is what you want to avoid. The vitamins in fruit juice are superfluous if you eat vegetables, and fructose is much more prone to oxidize in your blood and therefore kill you, than glucose.
                          Lifting Journal

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                          • #14
                            If you drink a glass of fresh juice, 4-6 ounces, that you made yourself you are getting live enzymes and a wide array of nutrients. That in itself is highly beneficial unless you have blood sugar issues.

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                            • #15
                              I make green smoothies every day but watch the amount of fruit in them. Max is 2 servings. Is this ok? I think it's a really great way for me to eat more veggies and it satisfies my desire for juice.

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