It’s a trend that that has gained popularity in recent times, but is juicing good for you?
It really depends who you ask and what your diet goals are. Juicing extracts the juice of the fruit or vegetable and does not contain any pulp unlike the popular smoothie that is made in a blender and retains the pulp. Anybody following a high fat, low carb diet will consider both the smoothie and the juicing to be evil and avoided at all costs because of the sugars in fruit. Nothing about dieting is cut and dried and there are people that swear by the results of many hundreds of diet plans.
Health professionals have been telling us for years that fruits (and their juices) are an important part of a healthy diet. Could they be wrong?
They were wrong about fat. Back in the eighties people were on a kick to avoid all fats at any cost. That is until sanity prevailed and fats were labeled as some being essential and good and some that needed to be avoided.
Large food companies are always eager to jump on trends and try to fool the public into buying products that are supposedly better for them. It is the opinion of myself and many others that foods labeled low fat have undergone a chemical shitstorm from their natural state and are even worse for you than the original full fat or full anything product. Did all of these low fat foods help with obesity levels, hell no! The epidemic of obesity is worse than ever and still growing. (Sorry.)
Why are so many people that use fruits and smoothies as healthy alternatives still overweight?
I don’t have an answer except to say that maybe our bodies are all unique and a process that works for one, may not work for another. So the short answer to the question, is juicing good for you?…… Maybe.
We all have to discover our own path to health. We can do all the research in the world but the fact remains that what works is personal and unique for everyone.
Here are some facts on juicing
- Vegetable juicing is a great way to get your daily capita of nutrients and vitamins contained in certain veggies.
- Juicing is a very efficient way of absorbing all the nutrients from plants without the loss of goodness from cooking.
- Juicing allows you to consume a wider variety of veggies all at once rather than if you were to eat them whole.
- Don’t do it if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. Sugars of any kind can spike your glucose blood levels and wreak havoc with your system. Get on a program from a health professional to get rid of any of these conditions before you even think of fruit juicing.
- Juicing takes out the pulp and a lot of the fiber from the fruits and veggies although they are separated and can be used up as an ingredient in your cooking. A lack of fiber in your diet makes you hungry and that doesn’t usually end well. This is probably the greatest concern with juicing – high sugar, low fiber.
- Juicers need to be washed thoroughly in between uses which can be a bit of a pain.
- Buying a juicer can be expensive although if you break down the cost it’s probably cheaper than stuffing your face consistently with junk food.
If you are thinking of beginning a juicing diet just remember that it is not meant to replace meals. You will still need to get protein and fats from other sources. A juicing cleanse is sometimes recommended for weight loss but it’s one of those things that will maybe help you to lose a few pounds initially but it’s not sustainable as a diet. So without an overall sensible eating plan you will always gain the weight back.
Those that advocate juicing as a healthier way to eat fruits and vegetables have some valid points but there is really no definitive scientific data to prove it.
To me the main benefit of juicing would be the fact that it is much easier to get the recommended amount of veggies into your body on a daily basis. Especially if you are not a veggie lover.
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