Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Eating Healthy: Fresh Squeezed or Store Bought Juice

Are store bought juices just as healthy as fresh squeezed? On a weight loss diet, both are very comparable in calorie content but as far as being healthy that's another story!
Freshly picked oranges packed with healthy goodness

When fresh fruit is juiced, there are enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that are abundant and ready to absorb fast.  The problem is that if you don't drink the juice within a few hours, all of the enzymes die off and the benefits are greatly diminished.

Better to squeeze them yourself!

What does that say about juices in the store, even the "healthy" organic kind in the freezer section?  Although the organic juices are more healthy than the juice on the shelves because there is less processing or additives, the actual nutrients and enzymes that are bio available in both is very little.
Drink ASAP!
Bottom Line: You'll get the most benefit from healthy juices if you drink them immediately after squeezing.  Fresh and store bought juices all have calories so be sure to count them if you are on a weight loss diet.