Two common questions we are often asked by customers are, “Which juice has the lowest amount of calories?” and “Which has the least amount of sugar?” And our answer is always very simple. We don’t have the nutritional information for the juices, because it doesn’t really matter (we know we will get a lot of criticism for this – but this is our truth and what we stand behind). The juice at Grounding Roots is 100% organic, 100% natural, and cold-pressed. It is the healthiest, most nutritional thing you can put in your body. Our belief is that when you eat real, clean food, calories do not matter. Hear us out: our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for. They know what to do with the food we feed them, so long as it is real and isn’t full of processed chemicals and junk. This is especially true for sugar and calories, the biggest concerns for many people.
The simple truth about fruit sugar in its original state is that it isn’t bad for you. The problem is, when people hear the word “sugar,” they automatically associate it with the white, granulated stuff you find in the baking aisle. Now that is something to be worried about. What we are talking about is natural sugar most commonly found in fruits. What people sometimes cannot see is that there is a huge difference between natural and processed sugars. For example, a cup of grapes has 15 grams of sugar, while there are 14 grams of sugar in a store bought muffin. The muffin has less sugar, but it is processed and has ingredients that are unhealthy. When we eat the grapes, our body knows how to use the sugar properly (i.e. to make glucose, support brain function, give us energy, etc.). However, when we eat the sugar contained in processed food, our body gets confused. This type of sugar can make your skin breakout, make you gain weight, and can lead to diabetes.
Here’s the thing with calories: people obsess over them, and the truth is they don’t have to. As long as you eat the right portion sizes, exercise regularly (or live an active lifestyle) and manage your stress, the calories will get used up in your body. We need calories to function properly. In fact, when you don’t eat enough calories, your body starts to retain fat more easily and your metabolism will slow down. Eating less can actually make you gain weight.
"Instead of worrying about the sugar and calories, start worrying about the chemicals and the lack of life in your food." -Jed, owner
Eating clean doesn’t have to be complicated. Try eating something “real” with every meal. Look at your plate, and ask yourself: can you imagine where this was grown or where it came from? If not, ask yourself if the food serves a purpose other than just tasting good, and if it will contribute to your overall health. Most importantly, trust that you have the knowledge, ability, and love for yourself to make the right decisions in regards to your health.