Articles on fruit juice

Fruits vs Fruit Juices - Which is healthier?

Ms. Raminder Kaur Deshmukh, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Is it a myth or a fact, that a glass of fruit juice is as healthy as having a bowl of fresh seasonal and regional variety of fruit? Let's check it out ourselves and decide:One of the recorded benefits of fruit skin is the ability to lower the risk of cancer, due to the presence of pigments such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Juicing, unfortunately, deprives us of enjoying these benefits.The juice extracted at home is definitely hygienic but a lot of nutrients (and especially fiber) are lost. Consider eating whole fruits as it provides more satiety. This is because of the fiber. You also feel full for a longer period as compared to fruit juice, which does not affect our overall food intake. Many of the fruit juices sold in packaged bottles and tetra packs contain added sweeteners and in fact may be as bad as aerated beverages and colas. Because of the added sweeteners we consume more calories without getting any actual nutrition. And yes, at times they also contain preservatives to increase shelf life. It is always advisable to read the labels carefully as they provide you with a clearer and better picture of that particular product.The colorful and attractive glass of juice you buy from the local vendors to quench your thirst might be contaminated, and instead of doing good may actually harm your gut. So you should be careful with where you get the juices, especially during the monsoon season.So think before you leap forward to pick up that tall glass of juice full of sugar, minus fiber, plus a preservative. Instead, enjoy the crunchiness of a whole fruit.Let your creative juices flow and add fruits to your salads and meals, like sprout and fruit salad, apple and paneer sandwiches, fruit and nuts porridge etc.(But of course, fruit juices can be a source of energy and nutrition for convalescent, elderly people, and infants.)

Are Fruit Juices Actually as Bad as Carbonated Beverages?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Many people include packaged fruit juices in their diet hoping to get the goodness of the whole fruit or freshly squeezed fruit juice. Do you also prefer to sip packaged fruit juice with your breakfast or as a snack? You might not want to if you know that they could be as harmful as sugary sodas. We’ll explain why.1. It is loaded with sugar and artificialHave you ever realized that every time you buy a packed fruit juice it tastes the same, but that’s not the case when you have the whole fruit. The flavor and taste varies a lot. It’s because it contain sugar in high amounts with added fruit juice and flavoring additives. All the ingredients in it are accurately measured to make sure every pack of juice produced tastes the same. This even makes packed fruit juice high in calories. 1 glass of packed orange juice contains approximately 110 Calories whereas a whole orange fruit is not more than 62 Calories. Also, the fruits could be grown under artificial circumstances or with harmful chemical additives to have flavor and size uniformity.Read more to know which is the healthiest orange juice brand?2. Low in nutritionWhile packing a fruit juice it is passed through various heat treatments to ensure a higher shelf life. And, because of this, many nutrients get destroyed. For example, Vitamin C is heat sensitive and when we heat any fruit juice vitamin C gets destroyed because of the heat. Many naturally occurring digestive enzymes within the fruit also get damaged because of these treatments. Packed fruit juices also contain preservatives which may have a carcinogenic affect on your body.3. Low in fiberWhole fruits are loaded with fiber which provide bulk to your diet and may help you in avoiding digestive problems like constipation. Juice lacks in the healthy fiber which is present in the whole fruit. Along with the fiber, many other nutrients get discarded. Packed fruit juice contains a negligible amount of fiber. This happens because packed fruit juice has to pass various processes to make it a clear juice.Read to know about importance of fiber rich foods.4. Affect your overall healthFruit juice elevates blood sugar more quickly than any whole fruit, and in most cases, the level of sugar in packed fruit juice is higher than that found in most whole fruits. Because of high sugar content and high calorie content, if any packed juice is consumed in excess, it can lead to weight gain.Get information on how to gain healthy weight. It can be dangerous for diabetics too.Always choose whole fruits instead of juice to get the goodness of any fruit. And a good alternative to juice is a homemade smoothie with your favourite fruits. At least you don’t miss out on the essential nutrients and fiber.

Juice Diet - Detox & Weight Loss?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Juice diet is a popular diet that many people try to follow- most people use detox diet for weight loss. The juice diet has many forms: lemon juice diet, orange juice diet, carrot juice diet, vegetable juice diet, and other possibilities of juice diets. We told you about the lemon detox diet. Here, we talk about all juice dietsIt is basically a fad diet or crash diet form, involves intake of raw vegetable and fruit juices, and water only. It is an extreme diet form, as no solid food is consumed during the length of the diet. So, is the juice diet good for weight loss? Is the juice diet healthy?Does the juice diet detox your system? The juice diet is like a mine field. Read on to find out, if you’re going to lose weight, or lose something else…So, does the juice diet help weight loss? Think of it this way. The point of the juice detox diet for weight loss, is to consume fewer calories than your current metabolic rate (The number of calories your body burns on a daily basis). With the calorie deficit, you assume the juice diet will help you lose weight. But is there really a calorie deficit in your juice diet? Or are you consuming too many calories on your juice diet?Say, you are on an orange juice diet or fruit juice diet- is this fresh juice or packaged juice? If its packaged orange juice (and most packaged juices are sweetened), and you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of orange fruit juice, then you might be consuming a large amount of sugar with it. We’ve told you how sugar makes you store fat. See this for the healthiest orange juice. So, stay off the package fruit juice diet.Now, if you are on an unsweetened fresh fruit juice diet or vegetable juice detox diet, then you know you’re not consuming the extra sugar calories, and fewer calories. If weight loss was just a game of calories, then this could possibly work, but there are some complications to it.Besides, vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so you assume vegetable juices and fruit juices are also good for your health. Yes, these vegetable and fruit juices have some of these nutritional benefits, but being on a juice diet completely deprives you of macro nutrients like protein and fat.Let’s take protein first. On the juice diet, there is no protein source. Now, everyone’s body has a certain amount of muscle weight (both men & women). Besides giving your body shape, muscles also help protect your bone structure from injury, and store energy for your body. When you eat little or no protein on the juice diet, then its not enough to maintain these muscles. As a result, your body experiences muscle catabolism- where your body uses muscle protein to maintain essential muscles. As a result, one of the side effects of the juice diet is that you lose muscle. When you lose this muscle, you lose muscle weight. So, the weighing scale might say you’ve lost weight, but is that the weight you wanted to lose? Then further, with a lower muscle content in your body, your metabolic rate goes down. With a lower metabolic rate, your body’s calorie requirements go down further. So, you need fewer calories to maintain your body. As a result, your previously low calorie diet might not be low enough. Do you need to go lower?Now, let’s talk about no fat in your diet- fat is an essential component to the digestion process. It improves absorption of nutrients into your body. With no fat in your diet, fewer nutrients from your juice diet get absorbed in your body.Besides this, there are other possible issues with the juice diet:- Hypoglycemia: A vegetable juice diet can be low on carbohydrates. Being so low on carbohydrate can lead to hypoglycemia, leading to severe head ache and low blood pressure.- Acidic Blood/Ketosis: When a diet is changed from a high carbohydrate diet to a diet that does not provide sufficient carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores, the body goes through a set of stages to enter ketosis, with side effects including fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hunger, vomiting and more.- Juice-Drug Interaction: Juice diet can affect you adversely if you are on prescription drugs or medications. According to American Journal of Cardiology, pomegranate and grapefruit juice interact with statins (cholesterol lowering medicines), anti-allergens, blood pressure drugs, pain killers and immune suppressants. American Chemical Society found out apple and orange juice also interacts with antacids and antibiotic therapy. These interactions can lead to potential hazard to your health.So, you still want to do the juice diet to lose weight?If you need to lose weight, get on a healthy weight loss plan, with a balanced diet and an effective exercise routine. We even provide a personal manager to help you stay on track, and answer any questions. If you need more motivation, try our personal trainer program. On any of these programs, besides losing weight, you will be fitter, look better and be healthier. Isn’t that the point of weight loss?!

Juice Diet – Detox & Weight Loss?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Juice diet is a popular diet that many people try to follow- most people use detox diet for weight loss. The juice diet has many forms: lemon juice diet, orange juice diet, carrot juice diet, vegetable juice diet, and other possibilities of juice diets. We told you about the lemon detox diet. Here, we talk about all juice diets. It is basically a fad diet or crash diet form, involves intake of raw vegetable and fruit juices, and water only. It is an extreme diet form, as no solid food is consumed during the length of the diet. So, is the juice diet good for weight loss? Is the juice diet healthy?Does the juice diet detox your system? The juice diet is like a mine field. Read on to find out, if you’re going to lose weight, or lose something else… So, does the juice diet help weight loss? Think of it this way. The point of the juice detox diet for weight loss, is to consume fewer calories than your current metabolic rate (The number of calories your body burns on a daily basis). With the calorie deficit, you assume the juice diet will help you lose weight. But is there really a calorie deficit in your juice diet? Or are you consuming too many calories on your juice diet? Say, you are on an orange juice diet or fruit juice diet- is this fresh juice or packaged juice? If its packaged orange juice (and most packaged juices are sweetened), and you’re drinking 8-10 glasses of orange fruit juice, then you might be consuming a large amount of sugar with it. Now, if you are on an unsweetened fresh fruit juice diet or vegetable juice detox diet, then you know you’re not consuming the extra sugar calories, and fewer calories. If weight loss was just a game of calories, then this could possibly work, but there are some complications to it. Besides, vegetables and fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, so you assume vegetable juices and fruit juices are also good for your health. Yes, these vegetable and fruit juices have some of these nutritional benefits, but being on a juice diet completely deprives you of macro nutrients like protein and fat. Let’s take protein first. On the juice diet, there is no protein source. Now, everyone’s body has a certain amount of muscle weight (both men & women). Besides giving your body shape, muscles also help protect your bone structure from injury, and store energy for your body. When you eat little or no protein on the juice diet, then its not enough to maintain these muscles. As a result, your body experiences muscle catabolism- where your body uses muscle protein to maintain essential muscles. As a result, one of the side effects of the juice diet is that you lose muscle. When you lose this muscle, you lose muscle weight. So, the weighing scale might say you’ve lost weight, but is that the weight you wanted to lose? Then further, with a lower muscle content in your body, your metabolic rate goes down. With a lower metabolic rate, your body’s calorie requirements go down further. So, you need fewer calories to maintain your body. As a result, your previously low calorie diet might not be low enough. Do you need to go lower?Now, let’s talk about no fat in your diet- fat is an essential component to the digestion process. It improves absorption of nutrients into your body. With no fat in your diet, fewer nutrients from your juice diet get absorbed in your body. Besides this, there are other possible issues with the juice diet:– Hypoglycemia: A vegetable juice diet can be low on carbohydrates. Being so low on carbohydrate can lead to hypoglycemia, leading to severe head ache and low blood pressure.– Acidic Blood/Ketosis: When a diet is changed from a high carbohydrate diet to a diet that does not provide sufficient carbohydrate to replenish glycogen stores, the body goes through a set of stages to enter ketosis, with side effects including fainting, dizziness, low blood pressure, heart arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), hunger, vomiting and more.– –Juice-Drug Interaction: Juice diet can affect you adversely if you are on prescription drugs or medications. According to American Journal of Cardiology, pomegranate and grapefruit juice interact with statins (cholesterol lowering medicines), anti-allergens, blood pressure drugs, pain killers and immune suppressants. American Chemical Society found out apple and orange juice also interacts with antacids and antibiotic therapy. These interactions can lead to potential hazard to your health. So, you still want to do the juice diet to lose weight?

Which Is the Healthiest Orange Juice Brand?

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Eating the fruit is always a better option than drinking its juice as when we eat a fruit we are directly taking in all the nutrients in it whereas in the process of making the juice we lose out on a lot of the nutrition available in the pulp or skin. All excuses aside we still love our Orange Juice!Read more to know why are oranges so healthy? The thing to note here is that store bought orange juice is mostly sugar loaded, but there are some options that are healthier. Ever wondered, which is the healthiest? Here, we give you a lowdown on the good and the bad of healthy orange juices.Here are the leading orange juice brands in India-Orange Juice Nutrition factsSo, when compared both Activ and Tropicana took an immediate lead over Minute Maid and Real, since they had no added sugar. Their ingredients were primarily water and orange juice concentrate.Between Activ and Tropicana, Activ had marginally higher Calcium content, and Tropicana had more Potassium.Product ingredients are listed in order of decreasing weight.Real’s is- water> orange juice concentrate> sugar, etc.Minute Maid’s is- water> sugar> orange juice, etc.Minute Maid has more sugar than Orange Juice, in its ‘Pulpy Orange’ drink!Between the Tropicana and Activ, the taste of Tropicana is better. Note that most packaging is more than 100 ml. The smallest we found was 200 ml. Most of us consume a whole package, so be careful of how many calories you’re taking in. Read more to know more about 6 not so healthy foods.Still, the fruit is better than the juice, so go for that! 

Benefits of Passion Fruit

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
Passion fruit is a small egg-shaped tropical fruit, which is also known by the name of Purple Granadillas. Passion fruit contains several seeds and has wrinkled purple-brown rind on maturing.The seeds and the pulp inside, both are edible, making it easier to consume the fruit. Moreover, the pulp of the fruit has a distinct aroma and has a slightly sweet taste. In tropical countries, passion fruit is primarily used for juicing.The fruit is about 1 – 3 inches wide, with a smooth and waxy coating outside. Apart from its pleasant taste and appearance, the fruit is known for its various health benefits.Passion fruit Nutritional ValuePassion fruit juice is an excellent digestive stimulant and helps in the treatment of other gastric ailments.Passion fruit seeds contain a high amount of fiber that the body needs to cleanse the colon, improve digestion, and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.Read more on the importance of fiber rich foods.Passion fruit is high in vitamin A which helps the body to remove free radicals that cause skin and tissue damage, and it also helps to improve our vision.It is also rich in Vitamin C which helps to repair tissue, helps prevent heart disease and cancer and helps our bones.There is also a compound in passion fruit that is believed to block histamine, reduce allergy and inflammation; passion fruit, therefore, has the health benefit of reducing the symptoms of asthma.The antioxidants found in passion fruit have been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.Get more information on antioxidant-rich foods.Passion fruit calories100 gm of passion fruit containsCalories: 98Fat: 1 gProtein: 2 gCarbohydrate: 23 gDietary fiber: 10 gSugars: 11 gCalcium: 12 mgIron: 1.6 mgVitamin C: 30 mgPassion fruit is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit. Passion fruit is good in vitamin C, vitamin A.Health tips for PassionfruitThe nutritional value and health benefits of passion fruit make it ideal for maintaining optimum health weight loss. Avoid including passion fruit in your diet if you’re interested in Weight gain.

Coconut Water Versus Juices

Ms. Tehzeeb, Dietitian/Nutritionist
After some short-lived pleasant months, the heat is now upon us! Conventionally, summers are regarded as a time for leisure, beaches, sports and a sun-kissed body. However, if you live in Bombay, you can be assured that unless you are conscientious about your daily sunblock, sun-kissed isn’t as much the case as it is sun-smooched. Moreover, to keep your body cool, now more than ever, you will find yourself craving refreshing and soothing drinks. Our options are ample—ranging from fruit smoothies to milkshakes to sorbets to cocktails and juices.Locally sourced and severely undervalued, coconut water, also known as Nariyal Pani is simple, humble, down-to-earth; almost dorky. Think of it as a relationship partner who is giving, loving and caring but not one that you would consider glamorous or cool. From a health perspective, it offers a nutrient profile that is so rich that it could put Antilia to shame. Yet somehow, it always stays on the sidelines like a docile, timid little Indian girl who goes unnoticed only because she has no sense of self-worth or any idea how powerful she could be.Store-bought juice, on the other hand, is attractive looking on the outside, but shallow and self-involved on the inside. We could think of it as a partner who is lying, conniving, deceiving and manipulative. I say this because it is often sold under the pretext of being ‘real’ or ‘skinny.’ One look at the nutrient label and the ingredient list is enough to tell us how unreal it is. As for skinny, that bit is true. The juice is skinny, that is to say, deprived of nutrients and loaded up on sweeteners, preservatives and artificial colorings instead.The point I am trying to make is simple. You could have a one-off fling with store-bought juice if you wish but a long-term, mutually fulfilling relationship? That would have to be with coconut water.

Reasons You Should Drink Sugarcane Juice This Summer

Dr. Richa Garg, Ayurveda
The summers seem to be beating down on us and with the heat come diseases like heatstrokes and bouts of dehydration. But there is one summer drink that can help you overcome the sweltering heat and other diseases in a jiffy – sugarcane juice.Here are 10 reasons you should have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday this summer.Is a potent energy booster:Sugarcane contains a large amount of glucose along with other compounds. The glucose and other electrolytes make it an instant pick-me-up. Not only does it give you that instant boost of energy, but if drunk when cold, it helps cool down the body during the harsh summers.Fights against cancerSugarcane is packed with antioxidants that have a very potent effect on the body. According to a study, Phytochemistry,  flavones present in sugarcane juice are highly effective in stopping the production and spread of cancerous cells. Another study found that the juice was especially effective in curbing the onset and spread prostate and breast cancer.Beats dehydrationThe summer heat and high amount of humidity make one very prone to dehydration. But sugarcane juice can definitely thwart that ill effect of the summers. Packed with a high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese, sugarcane juice acts a perfect drink to replenish lost electrolytes and water.Helps your kidneys function better and beats urinary tract infections:Sugarcane juice contains a large amount of proteins, making it perfect to help your kidneys function optimally. Moreover it is alkaline in nature and is the perfect antibiotic agent. Apart from that, when had in a diluted form (diluted with water or coconut water) it works perfectly to relieve the pain and burning sensation most people experience during a bout of urinary tract infection.Is a potent antioxidant:According to a study, researchers found that the compounds present in sugarcane juice has the ability to not only scavenge free radicals, but also reduced the production of iron complex and inhibit lipid peroxidation – all processes that lead to the deterioration of the body and its organsKeeps your liver healthySugarcane is known to keep your bilirubin levels in check, that is one of the reasons that this juice is used in Ayurveda to treat conditions like jaundice. But, apart from that, sugarcane has a protective effect on the liver as well. Sugarcane juice actually helps protect the liver from damage and acts as a palliative to a damaged liver. So, if you have been on a binge drinking spree, have suffered from jaundice, or just want to care for your liver, have a glass of sugarcane juice everyday.Acts an effective digestive agentSugarcane juice has large amounts of potassium in it, making it the perfect agent to aid in digestion. The potassium also acts as an antimicrobial agent – protecting your stomach from infections – and improve peristalsis (the movement of food through the stomach).Gives you healthy skin:Packed with a compounds called alphahydroxy acid and glycolic acid, sugarcane is an elixir for the skin. It not only helps reduce acne, but also reduces the appearance of blemishes, prevents ageing and keeps your skin hydrated. The glycolic acid is especially known for its instant benefits when applied on the skin. So the next time you see a pimple on your face, don’t panic, just apply some sugarcane juice to it. You can also add it to your favorite mask or face pack and use it as a scrub too.Helps fight bad breath and other common infections:Due to the high mineral content, potassium and alkaline nature, sugarcane makes a very effective antimicrobial agent. The minerals present in the juice keep the teeth healthy and the other agents prevent tooth decay due to infections. It is also known to boost one’s immunity and keep common infections at bay.

Gastroentrologist Coconut

Akshay Kumar, Ayurveda
Coconut cures Vaata and Pitta disorders, Blood disorders and burning sensation. It increases sperm count. Its water is cool and useful for the heart. Its water increases hunger and sperm count as well as quenches the thirst. It helps to clean urine bladder. Raw fruit’s water is nutritive and increases quantity of urine. Its water is bacteria-free. The body consumes its carbohydrates quickly. Green coconut’s water contains vitamin-B in proper quantity so one should drink it quickly.no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.Useful in Different Diseases:De-hydration:Mix coconut water with lemon juice according to taste and give to the child for drinking one spoon at the regular interval of five minutes.The patient gets relief from dehydration by drinking little coconut water.An adult can take water of a whole coconut.Hiccups and Vomiting:Burn coconut hair and prepare ash. Mix 10 grams ash with 10 grams powder of big cardamom. Taking 1\4 grams, this mixture with honey prevents vomiting.Peptic Ulcer:Taking 100 to 500 ml water of raw coconut fruit twice a day provides relief in peptic ulcer.Blood disorders due to Bile:Grind seeds of strychnos potatorum, sugar and cardamom with coconut water. After that, take this preparation, it cures this disease and ends anuria and dysuria.Gas Disorders:Mix 70 ml juice of raw coconut, 3 grams ground Triphala and 2 grams black pepper powder altogether and take twice a day, it ends all the types of gas disorders.Bloody Piles:Burn coconut hair (Nearby coconut eyes) and prepare ash. Take 2 grams ash and after that drink 300 to 400 ml whey or curd twice a day regularly for five days.Amoebic blood diarrhoea: Mix equal quantity of sesame and kernel of raw coconut and extract juice. Mix this juice with curd and ghee. Fistula:Peel coconut and make a hole in it. Fill milk of banyan tree in this fruit and close its mouth with 2-fingers’ soil. Burn it on cow-dung until it burns well. Now remove its soil upper paste and extract juice. Take this juice with 5-6 grams triphala’s powder.