At the weekend, I had visitors for breakfast. I was told that one wouldn’t be eating breakfast as she was juicing in preparation for her wedding later this year. Assuming she would bring her own juice with her, I prepared a cooked breakfast for the rest of us. I’m not against a cooked breakfast. In fact, using local, high quality ingredients, it’s pretty nutritious. Unfortunately as it was short notice, we had to make do with supermarket meat.

When she arrived, she went to buy some juice and came back with a bottle of the Innocent fruit and veg juice. Mostly, she makes her own juices at home and said they have about 300 calories per 250ml serving. As you can see, this juice had just over 100 calories per 250ml serving. However, going purely on calories alone is misleading because she worked that she could have the whole bottle of juice for the same amount of calories (which is true). What got ignored was the sugar. A whopping 75g sugar in that bottle!!! That’s 15 teaspoons!

Innocent juice

innocent juice

Ingredients and nutritional information

That 15 teaspoons of sugar is likely to have been converted to fat and stored around the middle. When muscle and liver stores are full, the body has no choice but to store excess food as fat. A typical high carb diet will mean that stores are almost constantly full whereas eating high protein leads to stores becoming depleted and fat burning occurring.

Juicing in general will still be a high sugar diet unless you stick to purely vegetable juices. Depending on the juicer you have, also depends on how much of the fibre is destroyed too so juicing may not be the healthiest way to change your health. Also, when people start eating again, they can gain back quite a bit of weight as the body may be in starvation mode if your calorie intake and nutrient intake is very low. Whilst calories from different food groups behave differently in the body, calories from carbohydrates which fruit and vegetables are, will behave in a similar way but calories from protein and fat behave differently and are used by the body differently.

I think aspects of juicing has a place in an overall healthy diet but living on them day in day out, may lead to weight loss but not necessarily as much fat loss as necessary. I’d also recommend making your own juices at home rather than buying them. Although the Innocent Juice claims to only have fresh ingredients, it’s high in fruit which increases the sugar so add more vegetables for a lower sugar alternative.