Is Fruit Juice Weight-Loss Friendly?


Woman Squeezing Fresh Orange Juice

Fruits are an essential part of the diet. They provide fiber, an abundance of nutrients and a quick burst of energy when eaten during the middle of the day. With all of the hype about juicing nowadays, there are few things you need to consider. If you like to drink juice, invest in a juicer. Some store-bought juices have added sugar and often add more calories than nutrients making them a poor choice for people who are trying to lose weight.

When you juice your own fruits, leave the peels on (except for pineapple). Cut the fruit up into sections and place it in the juicer with the peel still attached. The peel contains an abundance of fiber and it is also the where the sun interacts with many of the fruit's nutrients. Keeping the peel on the fruit is the best way to get the most out of every sip.

Whole fruits require you to chew your food. This small expenditure of energy signals to the body that food is coming. It also gives the body the opportunity to feel satisfied and full. Juice may go down smoothly, but it can be rushed through the digestive system. Unless you drink large quantities, you may not get the feelings of fullness that eating the whole fruit can provide.

When it comes to getting an energy boost, whole fruits are broken down much slower than juice. The energy whole fruits provide will be more sustained and longer lasting, while the energy you receive from juice will be felt rather quickly. If you have a choice between drinking real fruit juice or other sugary drinks, like soda pop or fruit-flavored drinks, juice should always be your first choice.

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