Juicing it up: Healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth

  • Anjali Mukerjee, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 15:19 IST

Winter is in its final lap, and there is a wide variety of fruits such as figs, pear, cherries, oranges, sweet lime, green almonds, fresh dates and grapes to satisfy our sweet tooth.

However, if you are suffering from diabetes, you should eat whole raw fruits. If you are underweight, weak or stressed, then opt for freshly squeezed fruit juices. Avoid bottled or canned fruit juices because they usually contain additional fructose (fruit sugar). Furthermore, any juice should be consumed within 20 minutes of extraction because the delicate nutrients existing in the juice get oxidised, thus diminishing their positive properties.

Juice your veggies:Raw vegetables have more biological value when they are juiced out. Juicing them breaks the vegetables cell wall and vegetables fibres, enabling the nutrients to spill out and get absorbed. The body is thus supplied with enzymes necessary for digestion and assimilation of the nutrients found in raw juices.

Enzymes are responsible for the healthy functioning of your body. So if you want to experience good health, gradually start adding raw vegetable juices to your diet. Begin by drinking half a glass every day, and as your system begins to enjoy the unexpected rush of good health, add more.

Choose a favourite:
*Amla and turmeric: Opt for this healthy juice mix. Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C as it helps increase immunity and aids detoxification.

*Carrot, beetroot and tomato juice: Use two tomatoes, one carrot and a juicy beetroot. Pass all these through a juicer. This combo contains biologically active components that rejuvenate body cells, detoxifies the liver and makes the skin glow. Beetroot juice is a health tonic as it reduces acidity.

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