It can be hard to know what you can and can’t eat or drink on a diet. Just a few years ago, fitness magazines and healthy-living websites were telling us that butter was poison and a handful of nuts would instantaneously inflate us like helium balloons. And now? Those same magazines are telling us to drink almond milk exclusively and melt butter into our coffee. Yeesh.
In all the back-and-forth over what’s healthy and what isn’t, ideas about juice get volleyed back and forth constantly. On one hand, you have dieticians that will tell you that fruit juice is the quickest way to add unnecessary sugar and calories to your diet this side of mainlining chocolate cake. But on the other, dieticians and celebrities alike sing the praises of juice cleanses, shouting from the rooftops that strange combinations of fruit and vegetable juice are a quick way to shed pounds and reset your system for a body so svelte that you’ll become invisible standing behind street signs.
So, whom should you believe? The “juice is evil” folks or the “stop chewing food and switch to juice” camp?
Neither. Store-bought juices that are high in calories and sugar (think apple and orange from concentrate) can sabotage a diet, says Lori Kenyon-Farley, co-founder of USDA certified Ritual Wellness. However, homemade juices that combine leafy green vegetables and certain fresh fruits can add essential fat burning vitamins and minerals to enhance your diet and boost metabolism without adding a lot superfluous sugar.
The following list represents the best of the best when it comes to veggies and fruits with juice that contains essential ingredients for a healthy diet. Of course, restricting calories and maintaining an active lifestyle are the main components for weight loss, but combing any of the following juices is a great way to supplement a diet and fast track yourself to a healthier body.
This article was originally published on March 23, 2015.