If you’re one of those people who can’t squeeze in a full breakfast on busy mornings, you’re probably quite familiar with all the wonderful possibilities juiced fruits offer – they’re the easiest morning pick-me-up, only a blend away and power-packed. Or are they? We asked our in-house fitness expert Rohan Mathew from The Transformation if fruit juices really do pack in a punch or fall short in the nutrition department.
“I have to say, it’s a much better idea to eat the fruit than to juice it, and there are a bunch of reasons why. First, after blending you’ll probably be straining out all the fibre which is key to gut health and keeping you full, and second, you usually get fuller and satiated when you eat something substantial rather than drink the same caloric intake. In fact, one of the tricks to lose weight is to reduce the amount of calories consumed through a beverage,” he says.
But, if you are a bonafide juice maniac and can’t do without your regular fix, then just pick fruits that are low on sugar. “Fruits like apples, certain oranges, grapefruits are low on sugar as compared to the others
,” he says. Strawberries, casaba melon and Papaya have also been found to contain minimal sugar and work great as juices.
What he also recommends for a quick-fix breakfast, is to use the whole fruit – ideally unpeeled and not strained – with some oatmeal added to the mix, and make a shake out of it. “As long as you’re only blending all of the ingredients as opposed to juicing them, you’re good,” he says. So go ahead, blend away, but keep the good stuff!