Is it okay to blindly stock up on juices while doing online grocery shopping?
A majority of the people believe their healthiest choices while filling in the online grocery lists are the juices added to the cart. Some of us even feel sagacious when doing so without even realizing there’s a bunch of things that can go wrong with this line of thought. Stumbling out of the gym, when you are exhausted and sweaty, a fresh juice seems like the rational choice. Juices and their cleansing capabilities have been swashed before us for quite some time, in television adverts with skimpy celebs playing sports and carrying brightly colored bottles of fresh juices and the tresnd of making juices synonymous with good health is still bragged about everywhere. Well, we hate to break it to you but we’re here to tell you the other side of story. Freshly squeezed juices can be made in a plethora of ways, you can use beets, greens, lemon, apple, carrots, pineapple and a range of fruits/veggies. You can alternatively visit the nearest juice bar, order them from your online grocery store or put that juicer lying in the kitchen corner to some good use. But you know that already, right? Time to look into some of risks associated with consuming juices.
Are you suffering from any health conditions? Tread carefully if that’s true!
One of the key considerations with regards to consuming juices is whether or not you have any chronic conditions or following a particular drug regimen. All this psychological conditioning that we have received, through media, popular culture and elsewhere, makes us prone to thinking all types of juices are utile all the time. It may come as a shock but they really don’t mix well with some of the medications. Consider the example of grapefruit juice, it can unnecessarily enhance the effect of several meds like ones that lower blood pressure by increasing their quantity that enters your bloodstream. This could not just precariously increase the desired impact but also the side effects. Similarly, over consumption of vitamin K can work against any anticoagulants, which are mostly taken for circulatory conditions, vein thrombosis, stroke and heart conditions. If you are suffering from any such conditions or have been prescribed any blood thinners you need to watch your intake of leafy greens being added as juice ingredients like spinach, parsley and kale. However, there are also studies conducted that point to the contrary and conclude that there is no need to completely give up vitamin K consumption but rather your intake should remain consistent. Regardless, it is something worth discussing with your doctor beforehand so that medication can be adjusted accordingly if required.
Patients with kidney problems and diabetes better watch out!
Prediabetes is one health condition that is quite common among adults, whereby blood glucose levels are greater than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Among American adults for example, over 84 million have this condition according to American Diabetes Association. The risk of diabetes increases by 16 percent by the mere addition of half a cup of fruit juices (and other sugary drinks) in your diet. On the flip side, if you replace a glass of juice with a beverage without calories like tea, black coffee or water the risk is reduced by 10 % according to the Diabetes care journal. For patients already suffering from type 2 diabetes it is much better to replace juices with whole fruits and those too in moderation. According to another study, whole fruit has the opposite effect compared to fruit juice for type 2 diabetes patients, as the former lowers the risk of the disease compared to the latter. The most probable cause for this is the amount of fiber present in whole fruit – blueberries, grapes and apples are considered the major ones with protective capabilities. The American Diabetes Association endorses fruit in most of the forms including the fresh, frozen and canned varieties without additional sugar but the best one out of those is whole fruit.
There are a number of other health conditions that can get worse with excessive fruit juice consumption. A multitude of juices are rich in potassium which is generally touted as a great mineral for regulating blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy. Be that as it may, people suffering from kidney conditions like the chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an impaired kidney function and they are unable to excrete out excess potassium from their bloodstream. In such cases, limiting potassium intake is the only option as an imbalance can result in hazardous effects like cardiac arrest or irregular heartbeats. CKD patients thus can only take about 2 thousand mgs of potassium daily which means cutting down on juice ingredients like grapefruits, avocadoes, bananas, dates, honeydew, beets, mangoes, kiwis, oranges, pomegranate, etc.
So, online grocery shopping especially for fruits, vegetables and juices becomes much more complicated if you have any such health conditions or medicines prescribed and these considerations need to be followed religiously to avoid any adverse effects.