The Simple Way to Beat Disease

Make your own juice to increase your consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables.

By Dean Ornish | MD from Reader's Digest

Juice is often dismissed because it’s low in fiber. Fiber fills you up before you get too many calories. It also slows the rate of absorption of juice into your bloodstream, helping prevent wide swings in your blood sugar. But if you make your own juice, you can mix pulp back in. And some manufacturers are putting fiber into their juice. (Tropicana recently introduced orange juice that has three grams of fiber per eight-ounce glass, about the same as in a medium-sized orange.)

     

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    Grapefruit Warning

    While high in vitamin C, grapefruit juice may interfere with the absorption and metabolism of some statins such as Lipitor, anxiety medications such as Valium, and some antihypertensive drugs. When you drink grapefruit juice with these drugs, more of the medication enters your bloodstream, the equivalent of taking a higher dose. So check with your doctor.

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    Make Your Own

    The most healthful and delicious way to get juices is to make them yourself. Start with fresh produce; organic produce often tastes better. If you don’t have a juicer, put cut-up fruit, ice and water (or juice) in a blender, push the start button and voilà!

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    Doesn't Juice Make You Fat?

    Not necessarily. Some people have raised the concern that fruit juices may promote weight gain because they may be high in sugar and low in fiber. However, most studies have found that drinking fruit juice, regardless of the type, does not influence weight when consumed in moderation. Both adults and children would be better off drinking 100% juice than drinks that may have only 10% juice or less and significantly greater amounts of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. An 8-ounce glass of most juice has at least 100 calories, so don’t drink more than one a day if you’re concerned about your weight.

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