Much has been written about juices. And although it is a product widely regarded as healthy, recognized by the World Health Organization as one of five portions of vegetables or fruit, nevertheless there are still myths and false opinions about it in people minds. And all this, experts believe, is due to the fact that many people confuse juice with other categories of drinking products. This is a shame, because the depreciation of juice has a negative impact on the health condition of entire societies. So what is juice?
Juice is primarily a natural product, obtained from fresh, chilled or frozen vegetables or fruits. By law, it is prohibited to add any artificial substances to it – preservatives, artificial colors or synthetic flavors. It is forbidden to add any sugars to fruit juices.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that you consume 400 g of fruit and vegetables daily, divided into five portions. Unfortunately, parents often encounter the resistance of children, who are much more likely to reach for other snacks than fruit and vegetables. And the parents themselves, busy during the day, do not have time to prepare a portion of vegetables or fruit. And juice is the perfect solution for such situations, because a glass of juice (200 ml) is equivalent to one of the five recommended servings of vegetables or fruit. It is also a convenient form of vegetables and fruit in a situation where we do not have fresh on hand or as a second breakfast for a child to school or for themselves to work.
Due to the positive effect on human health, juices should be an integral part of a balanced diet of children, but also adults. These are products rich in the same healthy ingredients as fruits and vegetables. They also have nutritional value similar to vegetables and fruits. A glass of juice a day is a simple method to provide the body with many valuable substances such as vitamins, mineral salts, micro- and macroelements, antioxidants and other biologically active ingredients. I must also emphasize the fact that all the nutrients contained in juices are very well absorbed by the body and are a much safer form of their supply than supplementing deficiencies with dietary supplements.
However, the most common lie about juice is the myth that these products contain a lot of sugar and are sweetened. That’s not true. By law – 100% juice, fruit juice and tomato juice – no sugars can be added. Juices in terms of nutritional value are similar to the fruits and vegetables from which they were made. For example, 100 g of oranges is about 45 kcal, and 100 ml of orange juice is also about 45 kcal. If the nutrition label says that the juices contain sugar, it only means that it is the same sugar that was in the vegetable or fruit from which the juice was made. Adding sugar to the juice would be breaking the law.
We often come across the opinion that juices dehydrate. It’s also one of the many myths about them. If that were the case, then we would have to recognize that vegetables and fruit are also dehydrating. Because juice is a product made of vegetables and fruits. It contains exactly the same amount of water as the vegetables and fruits it is made of. And yet fruit and vegetables in over 80-90 percent. consist of water. In addition, vegetables and fruits and the juices obtained from them contain significant amounts of mineral substances – primarily potassium.