Juicing Pros and Cons








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The trend to healthy eating by adding juicing to the diet is making a comeback.  It seems everyone, including Hollywood celebrities and health gurus, are talking about the health benefits of juicing.

Juicing for an extended time period has taken all those interested in health by storm.  In the supermarket, the traditional rows of orange, apple, grapefruit and tomato juice are now being replaced by more exotic fruit and veggie blends targeting specific dietary benefits.

Juicing has many benefits including detoxing the body, losing weight and nourishing with vitamins and minerals when you can’t get enough through eating alone.  And who doesn’t want to refreshing drink loaded with nutrients?

Juicing is delicious and healthy in moderation, so make sure you are aware of the pros and cons of juicing to see if it is right for you.

Pros

• Packed full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Although it’s better to juice your vegetables and blend the fruits (keeping fiber with the fruit slows down how fast the natural sugar is absorbed), there are some combinations of fruit and veggie juices that have specific health benefits or help make the juice more palatable.

• Juicing helps you get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes it is hard to eat as many veggies as you need for optimal nutrition, or you lack the digestive enzymes to properly digest that much plant matter.  Juicing helps you get more nutrients while establishing essential enzymes in your digestive system.

• Juicing vegetables at home is easy and cost efficient to gain the benefits of more nutrients.  Just keep in mind you still need to eat whole vegetables during the day also.  Juicing should be used to supplement your overall healthy diet.

• Juicing is a great way to win kids over to veggies.  By blending in low sugar fruits with the veggies, they learn to enjoy more veggies.

Cons

•Don’t be misled thinking juicing can replace whole foods.  Your body still needs the fiber from the plant matter to aid in digestion and take in nutrients.  Juicing leaves behind the pulp, which still has many benefits.  Save the pulp to add in meatloaf or make veggie burgers.

•Don’t drink as much juice as possible, especially fruit juice.  Juicing concentrates those sugars as well as the vitamins and minerals.

•Most of the calories contained in fruit come from their high amount of natural sugar.  Juicing too much sets you up on a high-carb diet that can spin out of control.  Keep it in moderation to get those extra nutrients when you need them most.

Bottom Line

Juicing does have great health benefits.  Taken with a holistic approach to diet and health, it can provide for vitamin and mineral deficiencies and get you back on track.

When you do juice, make sure it is mostly vegetables, not fruits.  And mainly low sugar fruits should be juiced with the veggies.

The bottom line is, if you want to add juicing to your overall healthy lifestyle, then use it as a complement to your balanced diet plan to ensure you get the most nutritional benefits.

 



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