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Health Benefits of Fruit Juice10

The fruit juice , juice, soft drink or nectar is a beverage made from the extraction of liquid from a certain fruit or fruit. Juices, in general, can also be acquired through the processing of any food, such as vegetables, leaves, stalks and roots. Juices are normally consumed with water, but they can also be produced from concentrates or with milk.

To choose the best technique for making the juice, the liquid content of the fruit must be taken into account. Fruits such as oranges and lemons, just squeeze the fruit and enjoy the drink. However, fruits that have less juice, such as mangoes, apples and grapes, must be processed in a blender to obtain the liquid. Fruits that are naturally hard must also be processed with water to obtain the juice, as is the case with coconut.

In addition to beating the fruit or squeezing it, the following techniques can be used to obtain the juice: pasteurization, lyophilization, condensation, cooling, freezing or a combination of two or more of these processes.

FRUIT JUICE BENEFITS

As mentioned above, fruit juice can be made from any fruit that has liquid. Thus, the benefits and properties will depend on the fruit used. We will now talk a little bit about the benefits and properties of the most popular juices in Brazil.

  1. Lemon juice: This juice is rich in bioflavonoids, which have the property of releasing toxins from the body. It also has a high citrus content responsible for cleaning the stomach, making it healthier. In addition, it has a lot of vitamin C, essential for skin beauty.
  2. Apple Juice: This juice is famous for its rejuvenating power. The apple has many antioxidants and vitamins, it rejuvenates the skin, tissues and hair. Furthermore, it has pectin, which has the ability to eliminate toxins from the body. Because it has many fibers, it also helps with peristaltic bowel movements, helping with evacuation. The potassium and calcium from this fruit also help the kidneys function and prevent osteoporosis.
  3. Watermelon Juice: Watermelon is very rich in fructose, minerals and vitamins, making it a great tonic and moisturizer for the body. It has a lot of vitamin A, potassium and zinc. It also has the ability to promote the body’s lymphatic drainage, strengthen the body, clean the urogenital channels, kidneys and bladder. From its bark, juice can also be made. This bark has substances that remove impurities from the body, improving tissue oxygenation.
  4. Strawberry juice: Strawberry is a fruit rich in potassium and iron, which help the heart and blood to function properly. The sodium in this fruit strengthens the brain and keeps the glands healthy.
  5. Pear Juice: Pears have a lot of vitamin B1 (thiamine) which helps with heart and muscle health. It also has vitamin C and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and calcium. Like apples, pears also have pectin, helping digestion.
  6. Grape Juice: Grapes are rich in potassium, which stimulates kidney function and regulates heart rate. It also has a lot of iron that helps the immune system and builds hemoglobin in the blood, preventing anemia. Rich in antioxidants, it prevents premature aging and helps with bowel movements, cleans the liver and eliminates uric acid from the body.
  7. Orange juice: As everyone knows, oranges are very rich in vitamin C, however, they also have many other nutrients, such as B vitamins, bioflavonoids, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and glucose. It increases the body’s defenses, cleanses the blood and hydrates the body.
  8. Pineapple juice: Pineapple is a great source of mineral salts such as potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium and iron. This juice is also very rich in vitamins A, complex B and C. In addition, it has bromelain that helps in digestion.

FRUIT JUICE PROPERTIES

As well as the benefits, the juice properties will depend on the type of fruit that is used to produce the juice. Most juices contribute to cardiovascular health, improve fitness, help lower blood pressure, help you sleep well and have more energy throughout the day. Below we have separated some juices and their main properties.

  1. Orange juice: Increases the body’s immunity, fighting colds and flu.
  2. Pineapple Juice: Aids in digestive processes and is a natural diuretic.
  3. Papaya Juice: It also aids digestion, fights intestinal infections and is a natural antibacterial.
  4. Mango juice: Prevents premature skin aging.
  5. Strawberry Juice: It is a natural astringent, teeth whitener and diuretic. It also stimulates metabolism and aids digestion.
  6. Passion fruit juice: It has calming properties and stimulates digestion.
  7. Acerola juice: Prevents flu, colds and improves the skin.
  8. Watermelon Juice: Moisturizes the body, aids in the functioning of the kidneys and is a natural diuretic.

FRUIT JUICE NUTRIENTS

As fruit juices are made from fruit, they are very rich in nutrients. Each specific fruit will have different nutrients with different properties and benefits for the body. However, juices should not be seen as medicines. They help to prevent and fight numerous diseases, but they should not be the only treatment given.

Juice should not be the primary source of food either. It should be included as a food supplement. Juices, in essence, are low in proteins that are essential for the health of the body.

Most juices are very rich in minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates. They are also great hydrants and natural isotonics.

As the fruit juice is already processed (the fruit fibers are already broken), it eliminates the digestive stage, offering the body greater ease in absorbing nutrients. However, this facility also helps the body to absorb sugar faster, causing insulin spikes. Lack of fiber also impairs the proper functioning of the bowel.

For the best use of nutrients, you should drink the juice as soon as it is ready to avoid losing its vitamins and minerals. Nor should they be stored in the refrigerator. The consumption of fruit juice recommended by nutritionists is one to two glasses a day. More than that can cause malfunctions in the body.  

FRUIT JUICES AND SLIMMING

As mentioned earlier, juices have fast absorption and are not very suitable for those who want to lose weight. Juices have a lot of carbohydrates and cause insulin spikes, hindering weight loss.

It is recommended to eat the fruit in nature , because, in addition to taking advantage of its fibers, it also forces the body to slowly release sugar in the blood. An exception to this rule is lemon juice, which has very little carbohydrate and can be consumed at will.

TYPES OF FRUIT JUICES

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there is juice, nectar and soft drink. Each type has a difference that we’ll explain now.

Juice is the most concentrated form, must be produced 100% fruit. If it has sugar, it should not exceed 10% of its composition and it should be indicated on the label that it is a sweetened fruit juice. In this modality, no dyes or preservatives can be added.

Nectar is a variety that has less concentration of fruit pulp than juice. In nectars, the concentration of fruit should vary between 20% to 30%. Coloring and preservatives can be added. And the refreshment is a fruit drink diluted in water, it cannot be carbonated or fermented. The fruit content varies between 2% to 10%, you can add sugar, coloring and preservatives.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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