"If you are trying to lose weight keep the daily fructose under 15."
That level of restriction is absolutely not necessary for weight loss, in otherwise healthy people. Of *course* it's possible to over-eat even on healthy foods, and some people have individual sensitivities, but 15 grams of fructose is approximately the amount in *one* large apple. I do not know a single doctor who would say that is too much fruit in the course of an entire day, even for diabetics.
SIMPLELIFE2, she's not juicing, she's using a NutriBullet (blender). She's getting the whole plant and all the fiber it contains. This is a perfectly admirable way to get some fruits and veggies in.
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I would add more veggies. Kale and spinach are great, how about avocado? Carrots and beets are wonderful juiced, with celery and whatever greens you have in your fridge. Also, have you though about adding fresh herbs to add flavor as well? Mint is an easy one. I personally limited my fruit intake to twice a day, directly after my workouts when the body needs the glucose. I also try to avoid consuming other forms of sugar. The biggest thing for weight gain as other posters have said, is watching the overall calorie count.
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I bought it cause I wanted to increase my veggies by adding spinach to smoothies and protein drinks. I just think I need to tone the fruits in them down a bit
I wonder why you are juicing rather than just eating the actual foods? Juicing is not superior in any way, regardless of what the commercials say. Eating those foods in their natural states would allow you the experience of chewing, which many people need, puts fiber in your diet, and fills your stomach and takes longer to digest so you feel less hungry.
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Well, are you tracking everything? I find that one or two servings of fruit is my personal limit--otherwise I just get too many carbs. Berries are probably the best thing to have if you are going to eat a lot of fruit during the day, since they are higher in fiber and lower in carbs. Orange juice is VERY high in sugar. I see it as an "occasional treat" food and certainly not something to consume every day.
My guess is that you might see better results with eating more veggies and less fruit...but this is an individual thing. You certainly get more nutritional bang for your buck with veggies than with fruit.
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Thank you all. The nutri bullet really makes the juice itself when added with water. I am sure I cold do away with the o j
The orange juice contributes little nutritionally to your smoothie. I'd drop it, but other than that you should be fine.
In the rush to villainize foods and find the easy answer to weight loss, I think that people are throwing the baby out with the bathwater - yes, processed foods with added fructose (HFCS) as well as other sugars are bad. Fruit is not. You're better off cutting out processed foods and continuing to eat fruit which tends to be high in vitamins, fiber and water content - all things your body needs.
The previous posters are right--bottom line, it's a matter of total calories. If you go over the total number of calories you need in a day, yes, you will gain. And fruit can be the problem. I personally eat at least 6-8 veggie servings a day and maybe only 2 fruit servings because I can get so much more to eat in the veggies than in the fruit for the same calorie amount.
I wish you success in figuring out what works best for you.
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Personally, I use sugary fruits sparingly and stick to more low-sugar fruits such as cucumber. As for veggies, I aim for 8 servings minimum.
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LWADE1963.....its not going to cause weight gain unless it is making you go over your calorie range consistently day after day...! I agree with Bitterquill...on both adding more veggies, and perhaps watching how many carbs *at one time* if diabetes is an issue. If that is the case, you can always have part of your smoothie now...and the rest later! Enjoy! patti
Two cups spinach counts as about two servings of veg, and you eat another two veggie servings throughout the course of a day. That's a total of four servings.
A cup of berries is two servings. I personally don't generally count orange juice (or any juice) as a serving of fruit, simply because it lacks the fiber of the fruit itself; that's just me and it doesn't lack all of the vitamins/minerals/calories, of course, so for the sake of argument let's count it. That's three servings so far. Add one other fruit to the smoothie, then "some cherries or grapes" later on, and that's five servings. That is perfectly fine unless you're diabetic or have some other reason to be watching your intake of natural sugars, and even then it's generally okay as long as you're not having too many grams of carbs at once. So your smoothie itself might be an issue if you have blood sugar issues, but the overall servings total is reasonable.
That's nine servings of fresh produce, with a bit over half of them being fruit. Not bad, really, but if anything, I'd say you should be aiming for more veggies to bring your total up, not less fruit to bring it down.
Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 7/26/2013 (00:13)
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i recently purchased a nutri bullet. i usually use 2 cups spinach, a tsp of flax, cup of berries, and one other fruit. sometimes i put a little orange juice in it. do you think this is too much fruit and that it could cause weight gain. i also usually have some cherries or grapes during the day and 2 veggies at dinner.
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