Juice lovers: Avoid these common mistakes that make you unhealthy

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The preparation of juice is as important as the time you drink it. Photo: Shutterstock/New Africa

Freshly squeezed or straight out of the carton, juices have the reputation of being healthy and as a great alternative for sugary sodas. It's often named as a great addition to daily diet to ensure fitness too.

However, certain mistakes that you make while preparing juice at home could lose the nutrients in them. Moreover, the mistakes could even do you harm more than good.

The preparation of juice is as important as the time you drink it. Here are some tips to note in order to make juice healthier and tastier.

Do not add sugar
Adding sugar in juice will increase the blood sugar level. As fruit juices are naturally sweet, there is no need to add extra sugar.

Vegetable juice
Vegetable juices are nutritious than fruit juices. However, if not prepared properly, the juice might taste bad. Some people might get repulsive if bitter tasting vegetables are added in the juice.

Juice mixer
Compared to pressers, it is easier to make juice in a mixer. However, when the mixer heats up, it could lower the nutritional value in fruits and vegetables. So, make sure that the juice mixer doesn’t get heated up.

When to drink
It is better to drink juice as soon as you make it in order to get all the nutrients in it. Refrigerating the juice that was made in the morning and then drinking it in the evening is not a healthy habit.

Even though it is safe to store home made juice up to twenty four hours, it is better to drink it when it is still fresh.

Do not blend seeds
Do not forget to remove the seeds from the fruits and vegetables before extracting the juice. The seeds could alter the real taste of the juice. Moreover, some seeds may be poisonous too. 

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