Juiced Up

An 8–ounce glass of 100% fruit or vegetable juice is generally a tasty and healthy choice. But it can be loaded with carbs, sugar, and 100–200 calories. At least 5 servings of fruits and veggies are recommended daily. But only 1 serving should come from juice; otherwise, you’ll miss the necessary fiber that whole foods offer.

Here are 4 great juice choices:

  • Cranberry: Research shows this juice helps prevent bladder and kidney infections, and may reduce the recurrence of kidney stones. (But experts warn never to self–treat possible infections.)
  • Grape: Similar to red wine, this juice is packed with nutrition benefits including vitamin C and phytonutrients (nutrition from plant–based foods). Grapes are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and blood clots while helping regulate blood pressure.
  • Orange: Boost your immune system and protect against cell damage with a glass of OJ, which contains more than 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C. If you’re looking to add calcium, choose fortified orange juice.
  • Vegetable: Tomato or vegetable juices are usually lower in calories and higher in fiber than fruit juice. But avoid salt overload by seeking low–sodium versions.

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