Juicing has become very popular lately. Trying to figure out what diet is right for you can be very daunting. Not all of us enjoy eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Juicing is very different from buying juice from the marketplace. Juicing is solely done with using fresh fruits and vegetables. When you juice a fruit or vegetable, you are extracting the liquid from them.
Some claim that juicing can help you lose weight, prevent diseases, and is great for your general health. But is juicing as good as fans claim it to be? If you are interested in juicing, consider the advantages and disadvantages to this diet.
What Are the Advantages to Juicing?
1. Getting a daily dose of fruits and vegetables is much easier.
It is not easy to sit down to eat a helping of vegetables. Juicing makes it easy and quick for the body to digest and absorb the nutrients. It is recommended that we get anywhere between 5-9 servings of vegetables a day. Juicing increases your fruit and veggies intake.
2. It is super concentrated.
Juicing provides a lot of vitamins and minerals packed into a concentrated form.
3. Juicing makes it easier to absorb nutrients.
For some, digesting certain vegetables can be very difficult. Juicing a vegetable automatically breaks it down, making it easier to digest.
4. A single glass is rich in antioxidants.
The liquid obtained from juicing contains most of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are present in most whole fruits.
5. Juice is a thirst-quencher and very hydrating.
Instead of reaching for a soda, juicing is a healthier way to quench your thirst.
What Are the Disadvantages From Juicing?
1. You lose out on getting fiber.
Healthy fiber that is in whole fruits and vegetables is thrown away when you juice them. Fiber helps your body to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood, works to improve your digestion, and makes you feel fuller for longer. The skins, peel, and pulp of many fruits and vegetables are naturally high in fiber, but they are typically removed during the juicing process.
2. Some fruits and veggies are high in sugar when juiced.
Juicing some fruits and veggies can cause a rise in your blood sugar. Fruits have natural sugars. Some veggies like carrots and beets are two of the vegetables that can result in a fairly high-sugar juice. When they are juiced, too much of the whole food fiber and related nutrients have been removed causing the high concentrates of the sugar.
3. Juicing can get expensive and messy.
Juicing machines can range anywhere from $30-$400, plus the cost of food itself.
4. The pulp contains most of the foods’ nutrients.
For some nutrients, almost 100% of the original nutrient quantity ends up in the pulp. Unless you are willing to add the pulp back into the juice, then the juice is well under half of all original nutrients.
Click here to learn more about Juice Cleanse, which is a diet predominantly consuming only what you juice. Basically, you are substituting juice for food. Advocates for juice cleanses claim that this process will rid the body of certain toxins. However, consuming too much juice and fluids can cause diarrhea and the loss of water weight, which may lead to problems with your liver and kidneys. Consuming only juice is not a healthy diet because it lacks essential mactonutrients, fats and proteins. Juicing should not be solely relied on to sustain an active body.
Please note that there is not much research to back up the claims that juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables, a better substitution for medical treatment, and the only way to stay healthy. I recommend to speak to your doctor or nutritionist before starting any diet.
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