Summertime Sipping: Fruit Juice vs Fruit-Infused Water
Summer is here – and boy – is it HOT! You may be tempted to grab a refrigerated bottle of fruit juice the second you walk into your home, and might feel tempted to hand one over to your child or children. It’s fruit – so it must be healthy and hydrating – right? Wrong! Store-bought fruit juices contain more sugar than some carbonated soft-drinks. Look at the label next time you go shopping for your favourite juice – you will almost certainly be shocked to see the amount of sugar and carbohydrates – not to mention the additives and preservatives – that are present in your juice bottle.
Natural, Hydrating Infused Water
If you can’t handle drinking plain water, try this option over fruit juices. You’ll still get a kick of flavour, but you won’t have to deal with all the other things we outlined above.
Fill up a water-infused pitcher, choose a fruit/herb/veggie combination (from list below) and let it infuse! Allow it to sit overnight so that it creates a more robust flavour. This is the real Health (with no added junk!)!
Lemon and Mint Infused Hydration Water
Orange and fresh cranberries Combination Infused Water
Grapefruit and Rosemary – great infused water for those who have less of a sweet tooth
Blueberries (or any fresh/frozen berries). Tip: Adding the berries while they are frozen seems to add more flavour. This may be because the fruit “:defrosts” while in the water and leeches more flavour.
Cucumber and Mint Infused Water
Grapes and strawberry Infused Water is a great option for those who love their sweeter drinks
Mango and Mint Infused Water is a flavour explosion!
Strawberry and Basil Infused Health Water
Watermelon and Mint – a great hit at Summer parties.
A great way to take your fruit infused water on the go is by using a fruit infused water bottle, or a glass water infused pitcher. Alternatively, simply add the fruit or other infusions to the water, refrigerate overnight and enjoy it a s a fresh start to your day.
The big difference between water infused fruit water and fruit juices is that juice is loaded with sugar that is readily metabolized into fat. This includes both packaged fruit juices and fresh fruit juices. Yes, it is healthy to eat fresh fruit, but any time you are consuming fruit juice, you are eating spoon-fulls of fructose sugars that raise your insulin, slows your metabolism and leads to weight gain.
By putting pieces of fruit into purified water, you get the flavour of your favourite fruit, but without the sugars and calories. Including fruit rinds in your water recipes adds even more fruit flavour.
Fruit infused waters are not going to be as nutritionally dense as a piece of fruit or as freshly squeezed juice, but many nutrients do leak out of the fruit into the water, especially if soaked overnight.