Don’t Let Your Juice Be a Sugar Bomb

by Linda Baldwin | October 14, 2014 11:49 am

Including fresh juice into your daily diet is a great way to boost your fruit and vegetable intake while energizing mind and body. But before you buy that bottle of “fresh” juice at your local health food store, check the label. Many pre-packaged juices can contain up to 40 grams of sugar, which isn’t healthy no matter how many vegetables come with it!

In many mass-produced juices, apple juice is the first ingredient. Apple juice is cheap and contains a lot of sugar, producing a beverage that’s priced to buy and tastes delicious – at the risk of your teeth, waistline, and health. Even green veggie-packed juices aren’t immune. You could eat chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have had less sugar by the end of the day than if you “cleansed” with five of these juices.

But not all juices are like that. A well-balanced vegetable and fruit juice can taste great without relying on sugary fruit juices as the primary ingredients. One of my favorite green juices includes:


1 apple (green apples contain less sugar)
3 kale leaves
1 cup spinach
5 celery stalks
1” ginger
½ cucumber
½ beet
½ peeled lemon

Try it – it’s delicious!

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