Do you feel less than thrilled about eating several servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Many have turned to juicing in order to get their daily recommended serving of healthy foods without the endless chopping and chewing. What is more, there have even been movies about people who have lost unbelievable amounts of weight by only consuming fresh juices.
What’s the lowdown on juicing? Is it just a fad, or should it be a lasting part of the daily diet? We’ve put together a few pros and cons of juicing to help you decide.
Pros of Juicing
Convenience – Juicing is convenient, especially now that you can buy bottled juice blends and smoothies nearly everywhere – including your local coffee shop.
Variety – There are almost endless combinations of fruits and vegetables to juice. For those that get bored of having the same thing all the time, juicing offers the potential for different flavors at every meal.
A Powerful Nutrient Punch – Juices offer the potential for a beverage packed with nutrients such as vitamin C.
Hydration – Many turn to juicing to hydrate while still getting their nutrients.
Cons of Juicing
High Sugar Content – Most juices are primarily made up of fruit juice, which is very high in sugar. Many juices have just as much sugar as a can of soda. Admittedly, fruit sugar is better for your health than high fructose corn syrup. However, either form will spike your blood sugar levels.
High in Calories – High sugar content means high calorie content. In addition, sugar metabolizes quickly, leading to hunger and the need to eat again.
Not Satiating – Most juices and smoothies do not contain any sources of protein,which help you feel full.
Low in Fiber – Many juicing machines remove the pulp, which is a great source of fiber. Fiber keeps the digestive tract cleaned out, a desirable effect of eating whole fruits and vegetables.
The Right Way to Juice
Juicing can be beneficial to your health if done properly. What is the proper way to juice?
Consider the extraction method. You’ll want to avoid juicing machines that separate the juice from the pulp. A good juicer (like NutriBullet) doesn’t separate, but rather minces and shreds the fiber and incorporates it into the juice.
Adding protein powder to your juice will help you to feel more satiated. Try adding one scoop of powder to your juice, and you will likely see a positive difference in your energy levels.
You will also want to make sure your juice includes leafy greens. Kale, spinach and various dark lettuces are great examples of leafy green vegetables you can juice. A caveat using raw kale. If eating it raw occasionally, it’s not a problem but many people use raw kale in their smoothies daily which I don’t recommend without steaming the kale for 3-5 minutes to remove harmful oxalates from the kale. Oxalates contribute to calcium kidney stones and aggravates arthritis.
Lastly, remember to juice in moderation. An all-juice diet is clearly not recommended. Your body needs to eat whole foods.
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