We see green juice and think it’s healthy because, well, it’s veggies...right?
But have you ever turned the bottle and read the nutrition label?
The leading juice cleanse contains about 250g of sugar A DAY, not a week, in one day!
SMART pressed juice cleanse contains only 5g of sugar per day! Not just one juice, but all 5 juices together total to 5g of sugar in one day!
How is that possible? Aren’t all juices just juice extracted from their natural state?
Let’s dive into what sugar ACTUALLY is...
We can break it down into two parts,
NATURAL OCCURRING SUGARS
Naturally occurring sugars are sugars that are naturally found in fruits and vegetables.
PROCESSED REFINED SUGARS
Refined sugars come from sugar canes. However, they are then extracted and processed to produce the sugar granules that we all know and love (yes, we’re guilty of it too).
Foods containing naturally occurring sugar often have other nutrients that impact how your body breaks it down. For example, you’ve heard people say “sugar is sugar, it doesn’t matter if it’s from a donut or an apple”.
Well...yes, and no.
Here’s the thing, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), your body breaks down refined sugar quickly which then causes your insulin and blood sugar levels to rise in a short period of time. Now, because refined sugar is digested quickly, you don’t feel full after you’re done eating. Ever wonder why you eat loads of sugar (like donuts, and pastries) then feel hungry about 30mins.-1hr after? That’s why.
Now, with natural occurring sugars, the fiber in fruit slows down your metabolism causing fruit in your gut to expand, hence, making you feel fuller longer (it’s a much more sustainable type of “food”).
Fun Fact: In 1822, the average American consumed 45 grams of sugar every five days, which is equivalent to a can of soda. Today, however, Americans consume about 765 grams of sugar every five days!
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
Focus on meeting your daily sugar intake through whole foods like fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. However, when juicing without SMART pressed, make sure you’re juicing 1 serving worth per fruit, so your sugar intake doesn’t surpass your daily dose and cause a sugar crash at the end of the day. But if you’d like to put fruits in your juice, keep an eye out for the fruits’ glycemic level. You can also find our past article worth a read for some tips, “Three Steps To Living The Sweet Life Without Added Sugar”.