9. Green juice
Green juices run the gamut from nutritious to liquid candy, yet they’re all given a health halo. “Nobody recommended juices 10 years ago,” Caspero says. “Then the green juice burst happened, and suddenly they’re all thought of as super healthy.” You’ll find the bottom line in the ingredient label. “If a green juice is mostly kale, parsley, spirulina, spinach, or cucumbers, it should be fairly healthy as far as having lots of micronutrients,” Caspero says.
But more often than not, RTD green juices are predominantly fruit, which is added to combat veggies’ bitterness. Fruit is fabulous, of course, but a few apples, pears, and some berries will douse a drink with way more sugar than you want in one sitting. (Think about it: Would you ever sit down and eat three apples and a bowl of berries as a snack?) Plus, all the fiber has been stripped away. “Nature encases sugar in fiber, and are bodies are designed to metabolize sugar with fiber,” says Caspero, adding that fiber is also satiating and the cornerstone of a healthy gut.
Verdict: If you’re truly unable to get in enough whole vegetables and fruits in a day, then the occasional low-sugar, veggie-centric green juice is OK. (Though, watch the sodium content, Amidor says, because some green juices skew sky-high in salt.) Just, please, don’t think you’re detoxing by downing one.
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