The great juice debate
Fruits and vegetables are indeed the ideal foods to eat for vitamins, minerals, and free radical-fighting antioxidants.
The skin, pulp, pith and seeds in the whole food gives you a heap of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, as well as water. One of the things that allows you to eat such vast amounts of vegetables (and fruit to a degree) is the volume of fibre and water they contain relative to the amount of available sugar for absorption.
Juice is a sugar-concentrated, fiber-free form of the real thing.
Neither adults, nor children, benefit from juice, unless using it as a source of quick fuel during long-lasting activity.
Aside from the impacts concentrated sugar has on blood sugar levels, it is also the main cause for dental carries in kids. This is due to the high acid and corrosive nature of sugars (glucose and fructose). The need for a sweet taste is why people drink the stuff. The fact that a glass of juice has the same amount of sugar and MORE calories than the same amount of Coke should make you ponder.
Fill your fridge with fruit and vegetables for all the antioxidants and vitamins you can possibly ingest. Don’t be fooled by food marketers into thinking you need liquid sugar to get them in. It is obesity and blood sugar issues that cause more problems than any vitamin deficiency, for adults and kids alike.