Fruit juices: Should we overuse them?
by Mathieu Meeûs
Fruit juices are often considered a healthy option for a snack or quick lunch. However, there is much controversy over the actual impact of these beverages on health.
One of the main problems with fruit juices is their glycemic index (GI). The GI is a measure of how quickly a food increases blood sugar levels. It is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100, where a high GI means that the food quickly increases blood sugar levels, while a low GI means that the food increases blood sugar levels more slowly.
Foods with high GI like fruit juices cause a rapid increase in blood sugar, which can lead to an increase in insulin in the blood. This can in turn cause reactive hypoglycemia, which can cause irritability, fatigue, and hunger.
It is important to note that fruit juices often have a higher sugar content than whole fruits. This means that you are consuming more sugar by drinking a glass of fruit juice than by eating a whole fruit. Additionally, when you eat a whole fruit, you also get a significant amount of fiber, which helps slow the absorption of sugar in the blood. Fruit juices, on the other hand, do not contain fiber, which can lead to a more rapid increase in blood sugar.
Many commercially available fruit juices are filled with added sugar and preservatives, which can harm your health in the long term. Fruit juices can also be a source of pesticides, preservatives and colorings, which can all negatively affect your health.
Ultimately, it is important to limit your consumption of fruit juices and opt for whole fruits. If you choose to drink fruit juice, choose organic and homemade juices, which are less sweet and less filled with preservatives and pesticides. In this way, you can enjoy the nutritional benefits of fruit juices without the health risks associated with consuming commercially available fruit juices.