4 common juicing mistakes

1 Sipping large quantities
“Despite their lack of added sugar, home-made juices can be much higher in kilojoules than you’d expect,” says Longfield,“so make only the amount you intend to drink.” If you prefer to whiz up a large batch, pour yourself a small glass and refrigerate the rest in a sealed bottle for 24 to 48 hours.

2 Overdoing sweet fruits
Pineapple, mango, grapes and watermelon are high in natural sugars, making them less than ideal for sustained energy. Aim to add one piece of sweet fruit, such as a pear or banana, for every two vegetables.

3 Forgetting fruits’ kilojoule load
A serve of fruit is equivalent to one whole piece of fruit or 125ml of fruit juice, and two serves a day is a healthy target. But squeeze four to five pieces of fruit instead of vegies, and be prepared for a hike in your day’s kilojoule count, especially if you’re gulping that drink along with a meal.

4 Scrapping the skin
Unless you’re juicing the skin, your drink will contain scant fibre. Consequently, it’s unlikely to satisfy you, and may even cause constipation.
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