on May 08, 2013
at 10:34 PM
- Some of them have added processed food products, like protein isolates.
- Some that I saw had added sugar
- Juice itself is only borderline paleo-accepted in small quantities, as it's just the sugar-water from fruits, without all the other good stuff.
Suggestion: drink water.
UPDATE: Even though the poster below tried to call me out on it, I did check the facts on the company's website first, but now let me take a minute to embarrass @greenjuicer ;-) ...
- Evolution fresh has 5 groups of drinks: Fruit, Vegetable, Juice + More, Nourishment, and Hydration
- In the Vegetable group Sweet Greens, Vital Greens, and Essential Greens contains wheat (as wheat grass), and also clover sprouts
- In the Juice + More group: Super Green has wheat and barley
- In the Nourishment group: Protein Power contains both whey and soy
- In the Hydration category: Strawberry Lemonade and Pomegranate Lemonade contain cane sugar, and Spicy Lemonade contains agave.
So, did I change my mind? Nope. Not only are the pure juices they do offer borderline paleo, but so many of their juices contains non-paleo items that the entire line can safely be categorically dismissed as paleo. I did change "All have added sugar" to "Some have added sugar", since I can understand that people might not consider juice or puree added sugar, which is fair.
Juice alone, drunk infrequently, isn't the worst thing you can do for yourself. I do in fact drink the juice from a pineapple after I cut out pieces of fruit -- so far, the paleo police have left me alone. ;-) Seeking out juices, or making a daily effort to juice and drink food you could/should be eating is pretty much non-paleo.
All the wheat and barley in those drinks? I'm aware that wheat grass is likely gluten/gliadin free, but even celiacs still avoid it. Regardless: we aren't ruminants, we don't eat grass, definitely not paleo.
on May 10, 2013
at 10:58 PM
Just to chime in, in response to the initial answer:
- There is only one Evolution Fresh juice with added protein - Protein Superfruit. None of their other juices have protein added.
- Only the "Hydration" juices in the Evolution Fresh line have any added agave. All other juices have nothing but the naturally occuring sugars from the raw fruit and vegetables the juice is cold-pressed from. And if you are looking for low sugar - try Sweet Greens with Lemon with 8 grams of sugar per serving or Essential Greens with Lime with 3 grams of sugar per serving.
- While I would agree that some of the fruit juices are high in natural sugars, you are also getting some good macro-nutrients (i.e. vitamin C in OJ). Try and OJ with a handfull of raw sprouted almonds for a good combo and to cut the sugar. When you come to Evolution's green juices (noted in #2 above) you are not seeing all of the micro nutrients in the juices (ie. phytonutrients or antioxidants, vitamin k, selenium, etc.) and there isn't a lot of sugar at all. Water is awesome - don't get me wrong, I drink it all the time - but I also drink 1 Essential Greens with Lime a day to ensure I'm getting the good stuff (minus the fiber) from my green and leafies. And when I need fiber? I use Essential Greens as my smoothie base, throw it in my Vitamix and add fresh kale, spinach and a few goji berries.
Check your facts.