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Fruit Juice vs. Milk


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I recently posted a topic about how I am in the weight-gain process and I am using liquids (obviously I am not going to eat 2500+ in ALL FOOD) to help me get some of my calories in. I was originally drinking fruit juice 1-2 times a day to help me reach my daily intake goal, but from what people said in the topic I posted before, milk seems like the better juice as far as healthiness goes. Is this true? Would milk (2%) be the better option? 

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The healthiest way is to balance between the milk and natural fruit juices. Too much milk is great to get calcium but makes the absorption of other minerals difficult. The same will happen if the fruits you choose are too rich in vitamin A; however, if you get a bit more vitamin C than A you can balance it up -- and unlike A, vitamin C doesn't accumulate in the body so you get no symptoms for excess if you drink enough water to get rid of it.

You can literally mix them, banana milkshakes would work in terms of nutrition and it's rich in Cals. Nonetheless, if you only look at Cals, reaching 2500 will be quicker with milk.

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One other thing to consider is that milk does have cholesterol which you don't want too much of. If you're going to have milk, try a fortified milk thing like the Carnation Breakfast Essentials. Lots of protein, nutrients, etc. and they're pretty tasty. Mixed with one cup of 2% milk, it's something like 250 calories?

Not entirely sure how informed the previous posters are, but here's my 2 cents.

1) Dietary cholesterol has minimal impact on blood cholesterol. The studies are out there.

2) Even if (1) weren't true, milk has little cholesterol.

3) Neither is a good way to increase your calories. Juice is all sugar, which just spikes your blood glucose. Milk, other than having calcium, isn't really doing much else for you.

4) You're better off making a fruit smoothie or a milkshake (i.e. with eggs, banana, protein powder, etc).

5) Excess consumption of vitamins through your diet will not cause any adverse effects. It's a problem only when they come through supplements.

Gosh, guys! I feel like you're assuming that I'm only going to be drinking milk all day! I eat plenty of lean meat, protein, fruits, veggies, etc. I'm not ONLY going to be drinking milk or ONLY going to be drinking fruit juice! But thanks for your input - much appreciated!!!!

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Gosh, guys! I feel like you're assuming that I'm only going to be drinking milk all day! I eat plenty of lean meat, protein, fruits, veggies, etc. I'm not ONLY going to be drinking milk or ONLY going to be drinking fruit juice! But thanks for your input - much appreciated!!!!

I don't think armandouc did, and his recommendation is correct. But I'd like to add that milk does do some because it has protein and fat. But he's also right about making it even more nutritious by making a smoothie with additional whey powder, milk, and some fresh fruit. :)

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