Exotic Juices for Disease Prevention
A glass of pure juice is a convenient way to get a serving of fresh fruit, not to mention disease-fighting polyphenols and protection from bad cholesterol.
A glass of pure juice is a convenient way to get a serving of fresh fruit, not to mention disease-fighting polyphenols and protection from LDL oxidation-the trigger for the development of “bad” cholesterol.
Best sources. A study shows that some of the new “gourmet” juices — made from pomegranates, blueberries, black cherries, Concord grapes, or açaí berries from South American palm trees-have up to 20 percent more antioxidants than orange, apple, and cranberry, the old standbys.
Where to find them. These more exotic juices are often stocked in a store’s health food or fresh produce section. Pick those labeled 100 percent juice, since they’ll have no added sugar or syrups, says David Heber, MD, director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.
How to serve them. While these juices tend to be more expensive, they’re intensely flavored, so a little will go a long way. Dr. Heber likes the tangy flavor of undiluted pomegranate juice (“it’s like a good, full-bodied red wine”), but it’s easy to tone down a pure juice’s strong taste by blending it into a smoothie, mocktail, or spritzer.