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Is green juice healthy? Experts say, not always

Posted June 6, 2018 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2018 7:22 p.m. EDT

— A lot of people need more veggies in their diets. One trendy way to get them is to drink your greens.

It seems like a quick and easy fix, except experts warn many green juices are not as healthy as they seem.

Vegetable-based green juices come with promises that they can add a “pep in your step” or “make your body sing.” But some contain a lot of fruit juice.

Naked Juice Green Machine's label touts no sugar added. But looking at the nutrition info, it says one 15-ounce bottle contains a whopping 53 grams of sugars. Compare that to 15 ounces of Coca Cola that has 49 grams of sugar.

And even though most of have no added salt, some still have a surprisingly high amount. One 15-ounce bottle of Evolution Fresh Essential Greens has 300 milligrams of sodium. That’s 13 percent of an adult’s daily recommended value.

And most green juices don't help you on the fiber either.

“Pressing the vegetables to extract their juice usually leaves the fiber behind. So it’s best to eat whole vegetables," said Amy Keating, a Consumer Reports nutrition expert.

Keating says, to liquefy vegetables, it's best to puree the whole vegetable in a blender.

Also, be wary of unproven label claims, like the promise of better sleep, cleansing your blood or enhancing your digestive system.

Consumer Reports suggests two green juice options: Suja 12 Essentials and BluePrint Motion Potion.