Drinking Calories Vs Eating Calories-Which Is Better?
Do you eat the fruit or believe in extracting its juice and drinking that? Though juicing is done a lot in the nutrition circle, is it really good to drink the calories instead of eating them? Let us find out what research has to say!
Fluid calories are registered differently by the brain
Researchers say that the brain has a different way of registering liquid calories than registering that of solid food. For instance, consider that you drink a glass of orange juice. Orange juice is high in sugar by nature and sugar has calories. A 250 ml glass of orange juice has 115 calories. When you drink the juice, studies show that the brain does not register the calories in the same as it would do if you ate a whole orange. This is primarily because the act of chewing and biting triggers satiety signals in the brain. The reaction is natural, as back in the Stone Age, humans had only water as the available liquid to drink. So the body feels that only food has calories.
Also you won’t feel as full and satisfied by drinking a glass of juice as you would by eating a whole orange. An individual stays more satiated by eating fruit than by drinking its juice. This is because a whole fruit has fibre in it and its juice lacks fibre. Fibre helps in making you feel full and aids proper digestion. Fibre is essential slow absorption of the sugar present in the fruit and keeping the glycemic index low. Juice is just basically sugar that gets absorbed by the body once consumed. Scientists feel that juice can probably increase the risk of diabetes and a high intake of fruit juice can be linked to obesity in children.
What a study has to say?
Liquid calories seem to get added up faster than calories from solid food. A study was done and a group of individuals was asked to eat a specific solid food of 450 calories for 4 weeks and then asked to drink soft drinks worth 450 calories for another 4 weeks. While eating solid food, the individuals reduced their consumption of other foods by 450 calories. This means that they did not end up consuming more calories on the whole. But when they were in the soft drink phase, they didn’t reduce their food intake and their calorie consumption went up by 450 calories a day! The explanation made by the researchers was as follows:
- Calories from liquids are not registered in the brain and stomach. While consuming high calorie beverages, people don’t reduce the intake of other foods.
- As mentioned above, liquids don’t require biting and chewing so no satiety signals are triggered.
- The stomach senses solid food more than liquid foods.
Kind of clears it all up!
Yes, juicing may be convenient but it is a less healthy option than eating a real fruit. Juicing destroys a lot of antioxidants and beneficial compounds present in the fruit along with its fibre.
A bitter truth!
You must be lured by the 100% packaged fruit juice brands. Let me tell you a bitter truth about them. They process the fruit juice in an unnatural manner. The juices are squeezed and kept in giant vats when the fruit is in season. In order to preserve it, oxygen is removed and with that the flavour vanishes. An year later, synthetic fragrance companies are hired to bring the desired flavour in the juice just before the juice is ready to be sold. You think this is healthy?
If you want to drink juice, make it at home but the best thing to do is to grab an apple and have it as is. Enjoy nature’s best gifts the way they are!
Hope you found your answer in this post on drinking calories vs eating calories!
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