During our winter months when the fresh fruits are scarce, many add fruit juice or vegetable smoothies to their diet. But is juice really healthy for you?
Many juices are full of sugar and have high acidity levels, both of which are bad for your teeth. But you don’t have to avoid juicing altogether. Here are some ways to benefit your health and your teeth in good taste too!
- Fruit juices, even the ones labeled “no added sugar” are loaded with sugar and should be had sparingly. It is advisable to make your own fruit juice, this way it will always be fresh. Be sure to use ripe fruits as they have less acidity than unripe fruits.
- Vegetable smoothies can be had frequently, because they won’t spike your blood sugar. Use leafy greens when you can, since they contain chlorophyll, which is an important blood builder. Kale, collards and other leafy greens are rich in calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, which are important nutrients for strong bones and teeth.
- Wheatgrass juice is a “superfood”, it is extremely rich in amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. It is an effective healer because it contains all minerals known to man, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K and chlorophyll.
- Coconut oil is another “superfood” one can easily add to juices. It has, antibacterial properties that are great for your health and teeth. Just stir in a teaspoon in any juice and your juice is instantly healthier.
- Cranberry juice, fresh unsweetened cranberries are full of antioxidants and they contain compounds that stop cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to teeth. Their health benefits also include relief from urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders, kidney stones, cancer, and heart disease.