With having MS I try to monitor not what I just eat and drink but what my whole family eats and drinks as well. So what is the number issue for our son? The idea that children should drink fruit juice regularly.
On a hot summer day at the lake, we are always surrounded by kids consuming fruit juice from boxes.
In the grocery store line, moms with the WIC vouchers and their buggy full of Juicy Juice.
At our homeschool meet up days at the Shoals, the juice boxes are on ice waiting for the kids to lift the cooler lid and to help themselves.
Restaurants now offer it as a healthy alternative to soda pop.
The world turning idea that fruit juice is a good a way as any to get the many and much needed healthy vitamins and minerals into our kids while as the same time of hydrating them even if the juice is organic is a myth, and here is why …
Why Any Type Of Juice Even Natural and Organic Is not Healthy
1. High in Sugar Content
Many if not most of the fruit juice we all purchase at the store are loaded up with sugar. Even if we each choose for the “no sugar added” alternatives, your kid is still consuming in sugar. For fruit has it’s own natural sugars which is still sugar.
When you juice a piece of fruit, you’re left with concentrated fructose – naturally occurring sugar. Our bodies treat sugar as sugar whether it’s fructose or sucrose. So even the new act of juicing isn’t all that good for us or our kids. This hidden sugar is the reason why a lot of those trying to live healthy are still putting on the pounds or suffering with diabetes.
The sugar in fruit juices rather it be naturally occurring or added, causes our blood sugars to elevate giving you a quick burst of energy, but once the sugar is cycled through your system your levels suddenly drop leaving you worn, tired and irritable.
Sounds very familiar?
When we each take in or consume fruit straight from the actual fruit its self, the fiber is there to help slow the intake of the sugar into each of our bodies. So this means that eating the actual orange or apple is way better for both us and our children’s bodies than consuming the apple or orange juice from a box or jug.
2. Filled With Many Not Needed and Empty Calories
Fruit juices being so high in calories will fill up anyone quickly consuming them. Which is why I believe most kids won’t actually eat foods that their little bodies need to grow and to develop. Fruit juice just doesn’t contain much nutrition. Any pros for it is readily overcame by the unhealthy cons of drinking it.
In addition, the main bulk of fruit juices are pasteurized, going through a heating process to ensure all bacteria is eliminated for safe consumption. So… What bit of nutrition the juice did have has now been cooked out of it, which means the supplier probably has had to add back in the vitamins and minerals that were stripped from it in the pasteurizing process, which leads to us to the following reason… number three.
3. Contains Unwanted Ingredients
If you don’t choose 100% fruit juice, then you’re also choosing high fructose corn syrup and some type of man made sweetener, artificial colors, fake flavorings, and the list goes on – arsenic anyone?
And since the juice has been pasteurized and lacking of nutrients, the manufacturer adds in different synthetic forms of vitamins and or minerals that were stripped off but legally required to be in the juice.
Phew….Now what a mouthful!
The bottom line is that when we process anything, and take it out of its God given meant to be state, we mess up a good thing.
4. Increases Carb and Sugar Cravings
Last but not least, over and over fruit juice consumption increases both ours and our children’s cravings for sweet foods and drinks. It’s just the way sugar works. http://lifehacker.com/5809331/what-sugar-actually-does-to-your-brain-and-body
Let’s summarize all this up short and sweet, no pun intended
What is fruit juice?
Water & Sugar
And if you don’t choose 100% real fruit juice, most times your gonna end up with chemicals and other unwanted ingredients.
Truth in all, fruit juice is liquid candy in a box and should be recognized as such when it comes to allowing ourselves or our children to consume it on a daily basis.
So what do me and my family drink instead of juice?
It sounds boring, but water is essential to health. Because my kids were use to our back in the day consumption of fruit juice and Koolaid this was an adjustment for us. We decided to do the following:
We like to add whole fruit pieces like berries to our water to flavor it as well as Walmarts natural fruit flavoring made with Stevia to make it a little more easier going down.
However, for myself in my whey and protein shakes I use Almond milk…. we made sure to buy it without carageenan added in.
Just remember that not all milk is created equal so check the labels and know what the ingredients mean. For that is how a lot of us are taking in toxic things and hidden sugars. Know your milks! http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/not-all-milk-is-created-equal-heres-what-you-need-to-know/2015/02/06/24640146-7fca-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html
Kombucha is a favorite in my house! All of have it as an option and freely enjoy kombucha as often as we want.
It’s a great fermented drink that helps populate the gut with all sorts of goodness! Especially for me since I’m on so many medications due to my MS, going to the bathroom has become an issue at times. Not to mention belly bloat!
I also offer milk and water kefir. Both are very good for you and they have a taste that my husband and son had to aquire
but I love milk kefir. We drink it plain or flavored with fruit or Stevia, whatever I have on hand.
Kefir is full of probiotics that aid in digestion, boost immunity,(which is an added bonus for my immunity messed up MS self) and more. So much more! Plus it also is very inexpensive and easy to make yourself, and if you’re like my husband and son, then you can hide it in other things.
5. Coconut water
Coconut water is also a great alternative to both fruit juice and sports drinks which also contain lots of additives and sugar. Coconut water is very super hydrating and its full of vitamins and minerals! My husband however hates coconut so he won’t even touch the glass or container this stuff sets in…lol
6. Herbal teas
Herbal teas is another favorite drink that my son enjoys as long as its cold Stevia sweetned and me an my husband consume it that way as well and warn team in the winter….yes we consume te year round.
7. GOOD GIRL MOONSHINE
Good girl moonshine is a “Trim Healthy Mama” beverage that we drink all the time. Its called a sipper because you can drink on it all day long. It is also a fuel pull beverage because it contains no carbs, fats, etc so its a freebie oh and this contains no alcohol by the way so the name can be misleading. http://www.galonamission.com/strawberry-good-girl-moonshine-fp/ this is my favorite version of this drink for it includes strawberry’s! This gal here is one of my favorites I follow on Pinterest for she shares great THM recipes that we all love in my family:)
So, do we ever consume fruit juice?
We do on occasion drink fruit juice. However, we understand that fruit juice is a treat, and not an everyday staple.
At home, we only drink fruit juice that we make ourselves by adding it in our juicer. Me and my husband like to juice our greens and to make them easier to get down we will add some fruit to it. We like to add orange, apple, and berry juices in small quanitites. So how do you do your juice?
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