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By Roly Villani
"I don't drink soda. I take care of myself and I drink juice." How bad the image we have of soda must be to accept that a powder dissolved in water is healthier. Although it does not have gas, the chemical composition of the juices is more similar to carbonated syrups than to those clear, healthy and natural images that the aesthetics of its packaging promise.
CUT IT WITH THE SWEETNESS
All powdered juices (diet, light, or not) use sweeteners: aspartame, acesulfame-k, sodium cyclamate or saccharin, additives that are prohibited in some countries and authorized in others due to industry pressure. A simple Google search is enough to see how each one influences our body.
EASIER IS BETTER?
Blend a liter of cold water, the juice of two lemons, about 10 leaves of fresh mint (or two little basil), a ginger coin with a tablespoon of muscovado sugar.
WATER YOU HAVE TO DRINK
A healthy diet does not depend on fluids to meet energy and nutrient needs. Eventually allow yourself a drink that you like, but not when you're thirsty. Enjoy it as a treat, an exception. To hydrate, nothing like water.
Like all ultra-processed ones, instant juices promise practicality. But is it so difficult to buy oranges and squeeze them? The time gained from packets, how do you have to invest it to justify taking petroleum derivatives instead of a natural source of vitamins?
All brands use tartrazine as a colorant. Its use was prohibited in several countries of the Old Continent until the prohibition was revoked by a directive of the European Union. Bright yellow in color, this petroleum derivative generates different types of intolerances in people with previous symptoms. In 2008, the UK government requested its voluntary removal due to the reported link to hyperactivity in children.
READ OR RESELL
Are you reading labels? On the back of the juices, the following observation reads in tiny print: "Contains cyclamate -another sweetener-. In case of prolonged use, consult your doctor. This product has not been formulated for young children. Pregnant, consult your doctor". Have you seen it?
The WHO found that the increase in the consumption of ultra-processed foods is strongly linked to the increase in body weight: they have more sugar, saturated fat and sodium. And they have, in turn, less dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins than fresh produce and freshly prepared meals.
Research from the University of California calculated that daily consumption of a 600 ml sugary soft drink is associated with an added biological aging of 4.6 years. The effect on cells is comparable to that of tobacco.