Well, that’s quite true.
Nibbling an apple is a great way to get your daily source of vitamin C…
But here’s something you may not have realized.
Turning apples into apple juice can actually heighten your risk of getting diabetes!
If achieving optimal health is something you’re interested in…
Here’s something you should think about the next time you think about downing a glass of apple juice —
A 12-ounce can of cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar and 145 calories…
And 12-ounces of apple juice has 10 teaspoons of sugar and 165 calories!
You – and all of America – have been sold a bill of goods by the juice industry.
Fruit juice isn’t just as bad as soda…
It may actually be worse!
Like soda, fruit juice is mostly sugar-water, with a little color and flavoring.
Fruit juices do contain some vitamins, but they’re also higher in calories – and often pack more sugar – than soda.
In fact, grape juice has 50% more sugar than a typical can of cola!
In other words, drinking 12 ounces of grape juice a day adds up to nearly 100 pounds of extra sugar a year…
And that sugar is “fruit sugar” or fructose, which is basically public health enemy #1.
It’s a totally different when you eat the fruit instead.
When you eat an apple, you get a limited amount of fructose. And the effects of the fructose are softened by the fiber in the apple.
A glass of apple juice contains all the sugar from several apples all at once…
Without the healthy fiber.
Spanish doctors put a group of volunteers on a high-fructose diet for just two weeks.
Their blood pressure and triglyceride (blood fat) levels shot up.
Their healthy HDL cholesterol levels dropped.
Their bodies started pumping out insulin like crazy, and their livers went on high alert.
In other words, these volunteers developed metabolic syndrome, or “pre-diabetes”… In just two weeks!
But you don’t have to wait two weeks for fructose to do some damage.
Swiss scientists tested the immediate effects of a fructose drink on 15 healthy adults…
Within minutes, the fructose drink caused an increase in their blood pressure and heart rate.
That’s what happens to your body when you drink “healthy” fruit juice.
But wait, there’s more…
Unlike other sugars, fructose causes a rise in uric acid level and high uric acid is linked to gout. It also lowers your levels of nitric oxide (NO).
But why is it so bad?
Well, nitric oxide helps maintain healthy blood flow by promoting flexible arteries. So it’s important for your heart and your health in general.
Nitric oxide also helps your body keep your insulin levels under control. When your insulin levels stay too high for too long, you develop insulin resistance.
You lose control of your blood sugar levels and this leads to diabetes.
Not exactly the picture of a healthy drink, is it?
Does this mean you’re better off drinking soda than fruit juice? No. Remember, sodas are full of artificial sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup.
What it does mean the juice industry’s story of fruit juice as a healthy alternative to soda is bunk.
Old-fashioned water is still your best choice.
If you want something with more flavor, try naturally decaffeinated green tea on ice. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, and helps lower cholesterol.
To safely satisfy your sweet tooth, just add a little natural stevia to your tea.
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About the Author
Jason Kennedy is a widely read health writer, researcher and editor with nearly a decade of experience writing books, articles and newsletters for the leading anti-aging doctors in the United States.
Training under some of the most respected medical doctors, healers and innovators in the alternative health field, Jason has unrestricted access to the latest cures and medical breakthroughs that heal without drugs and surgery.
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