You likely think of it as a healthy, natural, and refreshing way to get a quick shot of vitamins and other nutrients.
Not to mention a great way to start your day. Or a midday pick-me-up that can help you make it through that afternoon slump.
But don’t pour yourself that glass of juice just yet, my friend.
Because even if it’s all-natural and organic… and it has “no added sugars” or other additives… plus, it promises a shot of vitamin C, calcium, and other daily essentials… there’s far more DANGER lurking in that glass than most people realize.
And now, new research exposes the ugly truth about your favorite juice.
A regular juice habit could put you on a path toward…
- weight gain
- heart disease
- early DEATH
That’s not just true for people who drink it by the carton. You could begin to suffer that damage with as little as HALF a glass of juice per day.
In other words, it’s time to rethink your favorite drink.
A little drink can do a LOT of damage
Ever hear of the “halo” effect?
Marketing executives sure have. In fact, they count on it when selling you all kinds of junk from kitchen gadgets to foods.
Here’s how the halo effect works when it comes to food. Marketers take something that ISN’T healthy to start with, but that they want to sell a lot of and transform its reputation with words.
They slap some healthy-sounding words on the label like…
- NO ADDED SUGARS!
- TRANS FATS FREE!
Suddenly that not so healthy snack seems like some kind of health food. But the truth is those halo terms don’t really mean a thing.
“All-natural” is an unregulated term that’s practically meaningless. Trans fats are already technically banned, so most foods shouldn’t have them anyway (and certain foods never would have in the first place).
And remember, “no added sugars” doesn’t mean it’s low in sugar. Only that they didn’t add MORE sugar to something that already contains it naturally.
Case in point: Juice.
Skip the juice and drink THIS instead
Now back to that new study.
According to researchers, adding just FOUR ounces a day of sugary drinks to your diet could increase your risk of diabetes by 16 percent. And that first step often leads to heart problems, including heart disease, and eventually an early death.
But here’s the crucial point to take away from this study.
Those risks soared, of course, when the sugary drinks were soda. But they ALSO skyrocketed when the beverage of choice was a naturally sweetened beverage such as 100 percent juice.
The new study found drinking all-natural, no-added-sugar – and, of course, “trans fats free” – juice regularly can set the stage for severe, lasting, and chronic health risks.
In other words, like the OJ that millions of Americans wake up to each day. Or the prune, apple, or grape juice that millions more turn to for an afternoon energizer or a daily constitutional.
But there’s good news too. If you have a regular juice habit, the study finds you can quickly turn your risks around. Simply replace your juice with water, and your odds of diabetes will sink by up to 10 percent.
Here’s an even better option. Swap some of that juice for coffee.
In the morning, coffee can help wake you up with a jolt of caffeine. It has some gentle and safe laxative effects to help you “go.” Plus, it can help lower your risk of dementia, heart disease, and cancer, too.
Just be sure not to add any sugar. Black, or with a splash of real cream, is best.