5 Reasons You Should Stop Drinking Juice

1. You're not getting any fiber


Juice lacks the fiber found in whole fruits and vegetables [because] the juicing process strips fruit and vegetables of their fiber

2. It tricks your brain


When you consume an eight-ounce glass of juice, you are drinking the equivalent of about three to five pieces of fruit in just a few gulps


Not only does juice lead you to falsely believe you're making a healthy choice , it can also make it super easy to over-consume serving sizes.


"When you consume an eight-ounce glass of juice, you are drinking the equivalent of about three to five pieces of fruit in just a few gulps," warns registered dietitian


Calories are not evil: they're actually a necessity for life, fueling our bodies and giving us the energy to go about our day. But we should choose our calories wisely

3. It's all empty calories


or else we risk racking up calories without adding any nutritional benefits to our diet.That's essentially what happens when we drink fruit juice, says Shapiro:


"Research shows that our bodies do not process the calories we consume in beverages like juice; therefore, we consume those calories and then we eat food on top of it."


Because fruit juice lacks fiber, there isn't anything to offset its natural sugar content; this leads to dramatic spikes in blood sugar.

4. It causes your blood sugar to spike


Not only is this bad news for your energy levels, but it's also going to wreak havoc on your cravings, too."[Juice] can increase blood sugar quickly


leading to a burst of energy followed by a blood sugar crash," says Shapiro, "[which causes] you to either drink more juice—and more sugar and calories—or reach for an additional snack."


Since juice is a concentrated source of sugar and calories—and drinking one cup of apple juice is like consuming the sugar and calories of three whole apples

5. It can cause weight gain


If you consume large quantities of juice regularly, you are getting a lot of added calories in your diet, "Over time, this can lead to weight gain or make it difficult for you to lose weight

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