Global health awareness is on the rise. We all want to know what’s in our food, and that it’s good for us. When it comes to health and nutrition, nothing is better than a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins. However, modern life doesn’t always allow us the time to ensure we’re getting everything we need from our diet. A great food hack for those with busy lifestyles is 100% juice: all natural, no additives, and super convenient.
Here’s 6 facts about 100% juice that will turn you into a raving juice fan in no time at all.
1. 100% Juice is 100% Natural
True 100% juice is all natural, nothing added, as nature intended.
Beware of the concentrated juices that claim to be all natural. Juice from concentrate is often not all natural and if you check carefully they’re often labelled using the term ‘juice drink’.
2. There’s More To 100% Juice Than Fruit
Juice doesn’t just refer to fruit juice, but also to their vegetable and plant juice friends.
There are loads of varieties of vegetable juices which have less sugar (and hence fewer calories), and are just as nutritious as their fruit juice mates. There are always new trends in vegetable juices, some popular combinations include juices with kale, fennel and dandelion greens.
Plant-based, natural tree waters are also on the rise, including maple, birch and even bamboo water.
3. One of Your 5-a-day
If you struggle to eat your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day then 100% juice may be your saving grace.
A single 150ml portion of 100% juice is counted as one of the 5-a-day as per the healthy eating guidelines issued by the department of Public Health in England and the UK NHS.
4. Orange is the King of Juices
Orange juice is the king of juices, by a long way. Tetra Pak’s recent 100% Juice Index reports that 6.9 billion litres were sold in 2015 alone. That’s a lot of squished oranges!
Other juices are slowing catching up as the popularity of mixed vegetable juices grows and new and interesting speciality juices come to market. Of particular note over the last couple of years has been coconut water which seems to be everywhere these days.
5. Not Covered by the Sugar Tax
There is no added sugar in 100% juice so it is considered exempt from the pending sugar tax due to health benefits.
The UK government announced this year that they will be introducing a sugar tax on soft drinks. We’ll be delving into the sugar tax and what it means in a future blog post, so stay tuned.
6. A Great Way to Kick the Caffeine
Juice is a great alternative to tea or coffee in the morning to kick start the day.
Research shows that the majority of juice is consumed at breakfast. In America 55% of people have some variety of 100% juice at breakfast, and globally it’s 47%. It’s no fuss, nutritious and tastes great.
There you have it, if you were ever in doubt about the ins and outs of 100% juice, you now have all the facts. In short, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of healthy goodness, dodge the impending doom of the sugar tax and kickstart your morning.
It may not be a huge surprise that orange juices rules the roost but why not try some of the more interesting veggie juice combinations. There’s no need for a blender or juicer or dealing with all the peeling, slicing and dicing: pick up a couple of bottles straight from the supermarket fridge.