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Juicing for Health: Is It Really Healthy?
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We all know that it’s important to eat fruits and vegetables as they offer plenty of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables have been linked with a reduced risk of many chronic illnesses. But not everyone is a fan of eating leafy greens and fresh fruit.

If your mom had to force you to eat the green stuff growing up then you may still be turning your nose up at fruits and veggies. Fortunately, there’s an easier way to up your intake: juicing. Juicing is simply consuming fruits and vegetables in juice form rather than whole.

Pros and Cons of Juicing

Pros and Cons of Juicing

Some of the benefits of juicing are:

You increase your intake of the good stuff. Most people aren’t getting their required daily amount of fruits and vegetables, which for the average person is about 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit.

It’s an easy way to eat your fruits and veggies. Let’s be honest: Not everyone is a fan of eating leaves. If you aren’t particularly tempted by salads, then fruit and veggie juice is an easy way for you to get them.

But, as with all things in life, juicing also comes with its own set of cons, such as:

It doesn’t give you enough fiber. One of the main benefits of eating fruits and vegetables is that you get a good amount of fiber. Fiber is the indigestible part of plant-derived foods that helps the body maintain good gut health.

There are two types: Soluble fiber, which slows down digestion to better enable the body to absorb nutrients, and insoluble fiber, which bulks up stool and allows waste to pass through the system more easily. Apart from keeping the gut healthy, fiber also has a number of other health benefits, which you can read about here.

The disadvantage of juicing is that it strips away the fibrous components of fruits and vegetables, such as the peel and the pulp. You thus don’t get any of the health benefits of fiber.

It may come with too much sugar. You may be lulled into a false sense of security that you’re eating healthy because fruits and veggies are good for you, right? The problem is that many fruits—such as pineapples, mangoes, and bananas—are high in sugar. You may thus be consuming more of the saccharine stuff than you realize. Another disadvantage? Because juicing gets rid of the fiber, there is nothing to slow down the absorption of blood sugar in the system, causing a blood sugar spike.

It’s not a magic bullet. You can’t drink some green juice to start off your day and think that that’s all you need to keep you healthy. As most people don’t get their recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, adding a green juice to your diet will certainly have benefits—but it doesn’t completely cleanse your system the way others might have you believe.

While your body is already equipped with an efficient system to clear it of toxins, it always helps to drink plenty of water and to stick to a diet of whole foods. It’s great to include fresh juice in your diet but make sure you also eat whole fruits and vegetables to meet your daily requirement.

The bottom line: Juicing can be good for you if you stick to ingredients that are relatively low in calories and sugar but it should be treated more as a supplement to a healthy diet rather than a way of life. Also make sure to still eat whole fruits and veggies so you get that much-needed fiber.

Your Juicing Starter Pack

There are many packaged juices available in the market now. Do note that pasteurization—the process that kills off potentially harmful bacteria, may have some effect on the juice’s nutritional value. Plus, unless you get it from a trusted source, you may not know exactly what’s in there. It may contain more sugar than you bargained for.

Your best bet? Make your own juice at home so you know exactly what goes in. If you can, just make a single serving each time as storage might encourage bacteria growth. Some delicious juicing recipes to start you off:

The Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe

Not a fan of salads? This juice contains loads of the green stuff! The leafy greens are packed with good-for-you vitamins and minerals plus you get a refreshing hit from the cucumber and a touch of sweetness from the apple juice and honey.

Ingredients:

½ cup water
1 Tbsp Healthy Options chia seeds (black)
1 Tbsp Bob’ s Red Mill Flax Seed Meal Gluten-Free
½ cup green ice lettuce
½ cup Romaine lettuce
¼ cup arugula
¼ cup Tuscan kale
¼ cup flat kale
½ cup cucumber
¼ cup Lakewood Juice Pure Apple
½ squeeze lemon
2 Tbsp Cadia raw honey

Ginger Zinger Juice

Antioxidant-rich ginger has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including reducing inflammation and lowering bad cholesterol.

Ingredients:
158ml Lakewood Juice Pure Apple
5 carrots (no need to peel)
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1/4 lemon, peel removed

Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie

This tropical smoothie will make you feel like you’re on vacation! Get the benefits of these two fruits and supercharge it with kale’s superpowers.

Ingredients:

2 cups kale, stems removed
2 cups water
2 cups Lakewood Juice Pure Pineapple
1 banana, frozen
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 Tbsp Healthy Options chia seeds (black)

Directions for all:

Mix all ingredients together in a blender or juicer. Say cheers to good health and drink up!

 

Sources:

https://chicagohealthonline.com/

https://www.foodnetwork.com/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns about your health. Check with your doctor before beginning any nutrition or exercise program. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have heard or read in this article or the internet.



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