Vitamin C and lots of healthy ingredients - that's what we associate with fruit juices. And the natural sweetness that fructose gives them isn't a problem after all, is it? Wrong! Juices can be quite healthy and nutritionally valuable, but you have to take a closer look. Because not all juices are the same!
Direct juice with 100% fruit content and fruit mother juice
Direct juice may only be called juices, for whose production exclusively fruits are used. The fruit is either squeezed or completely ground into juice. This is then directly edible - hence the name direct juice. An example of a direct juice made from 100% fruit is KoRo pomegranate juice. Some fruits are quite acidic and the fructose contained in them is not sufficient to drink their juices directly. So sometimes sugar may still be added artificially. This variant is then called fruit juice. This often includes currant juice or sour cherry juice. If you want a sugar-free juice from sour fruits, i.e. a juice that does not contain any additional sugar besides the naturally occurring fructose, then you should pay close attention to the list of ingredients. Often, the advertising note "without added sugar" also helps. In the case of sour-sweet fruits, no sugar may be added. Classically, this applies to apple, orange or pear juice.
Fruit juice and fruit nectar
Fruit juice or fruit nectar also sound healthy, but these juice variants are drinks that consist only proportionally of fruit and often contain other ingredients. These variants may not call themselves direct juice. They often contain a lot of water, sugar, flavor enhancers and artificial flavors. With fruit juice variants, you should therefore pay attention to the list of ingredients. Fruit juice may contain 25 to 50 percent sugar.
Fruit juice drinks
Fruit juice drinks are the unhealthiest alternative. The fruit content is only between 5 and 25 percent. Sometimes these juices even contain more sugar than lemonade or cola.
Are juices really healthy?
How healthy juices really are can be differentiated on the basis of the above-mentioned variants. As a general rule, health-conscious people should always opt for direct juice. In general, however, there are a few other things you should know about juices:
Fructose in juice
Fructose occurs naturally in fruit, but it is nonetheless sugar. This has the same advantages and disadvantages as refined sugar. Too much of it can have the same negative effects such as increased risk of diabetes, obesity, cravings and poor skin.
Juices and tooth enamel
In addition to sugar, the fruit acid contained in juices is not good for your body. At least if you drink too much of it and do not pay attention to dental hygiene. Because the acid is particularly aggressive against your tooth enamel. But be careful! Never brush your teeth immediately after drinking juice - the sharp toothpaste and the acid in combination are even worse for the tooth enamel.
Vitamin loss due to heating
For fruits to take on juice form, they are usually crushed and pressed under heat and pressure. Often they are then pasteurized, i.e. preserved by heating. On the one hand, this makes the juices edible for a longer period of time, but on the other hand, many vitamins can be lost during the heating process. Therefore, you can assume that a glass of juice from three oranges contains fewer vitamins than three fresh oranges.
The quantity makes the difference!
Ultimately, it's okay to drink juice every now and then because, as always, the dose "makes the poison" - or in this case, the unhealthy. For juice fans, there's also a great alternative: juice spritzers! Pomegranate spritzer, cranberryspritzer or aronia berry spritzer, for example, are wonderfully refreshing thirst quenchers and have less juice than a glass of pure juice. Positive side effect: You get more servings from one bottle!