Fruit Juice Versus Raw Fruits
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?
Oh well, we all have our preferences. A long walk on a sunny afternoon will definitely end perfectly with a refreshing cup of chilled juice rather than struggle to fit the apple between the teeth. Fruit juice always comes in easy and handle for people who find chewing stressful or do not like the idea of cutting through the fruits.
However, there have been several discussions about how much nutritional value is lost in the process of juicing a fruit. It is actually difficult to say which one gives more nutrition. Although eating whole fruit is considered to be the best way of attaining the full benefits of fruits, fruit juices are also easy and healthy options. Of course, if the fruit juice is composed of 100% fruit without extra preservatives or additives, then it has as many nutritional values.
Fruit juices are usually available in two forms, 100% fruits juices and as fruit pulp + water + sugar. To increase the shelf life of some fruit juice, preservatives and additives are added. Most packages fruit juice comes with preservatives which can reduce the nutritional value of the fruits combined in a bottle or pack. Homemade fruit juice on the other hand as most preferred, they form a better way of ensuring that one gets all that a fruit as to offer including the fibre contents as whole fruits. This is provided there is no addition of artificial flavours and preservatives.
When you make fruit juice at home, try to add the edible skin of the fruits to the juice to gain even more nutritional value.
Things to Remember About Fruits
1. Taking all the fibre contents in a fruit promotes healthy digestion and prevents constipation.
2. Never eat fruits along with your main meal; this can result in severe acidity and digestive problem because fruits are usually mildly acidic in nature. Always eat fruits before or after your meals, leaving an hour or two of separation.
3. It is always recommended to eat fruit on an empty stomach, or at least after a relatively light meal. Fruits on an empty stomach help to delay greying of hair, nervous outbursts, dark circles under the eyes, and balding.
4. Never drink water immediately after having fruits as it can result in high acidity.
5. Fruits should be eaten in the morning, as this helps in detoxification and also aids in weight loss. Although these benefits can be gained by eating fruits at any time during the day, morning is said to be the ideal time for them to have their greatest effect.
6. Try not to keep fruits in very hot or very cold places, this reduces their shelf life, a moderate, dry, cool temperature is suggested for storage.