Green juices are the epitome of health, or so we are told. Green juice contains all of the super foods like spinach, kale and avocado – there’s no way it cannot be healthy, right? Well while all these foods are great for you, the process of juicing them does more than just make them into a convenient drink.
What juicing actually does when the fruit and veg is shred up is take the fibre out, really only leaving the liquid sugar of the fruit left for you to consume. We have mentioned before how the fibre of a fruit normally balances out the sugar it contains, but with the fibre being stripped away in favour of convenience, the result is a drink that has more sugar than a can of Coke.
This becomes even more alarming when you realise that the amount of actual greens in green juices is quite low – basically just enough for colour and flavour – with the rest of the drink containing high sugary fruits like bananas, apple, strawberries, mango and sometimes even frozen yogurt to take the edge off the bitterness of the greens.
That’s a lot of liquid sugar going into your body. Since the food is already in liquid form, your body does not need to expend any energy in breaking it down. Because of this, the liquid sugar then has almost a direct line to your liver, which converts it in no time into fat. If you’re trying to visualise this, think beer bellies because alcohol is also a form of liquid sugar, so your body uses a similar way to process them both.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that we should be consuming no more than six to nine teaspoons of sugar a day, but given that large glass of apple juice contains about nine teaspoons of sugar, it’s fair to say these ‘healthy’ drinks are above that threshold.