There is a lot of misinformation about Juicing. Is it Good or Bad for you? What about the fiber? And the Sugar? Here is what you need to know.
Is Juicing Good or Bad? Why is juicing good for you?
Although there’s no scientific backing suggesting that extracted juices are healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables, it is widely accepted that juicing is a great way to get your fair share of vitamins efficiently and fastly—first thing in the morning, period.
It would be challenging to get all the nutrients of these products in the morning chewing celery, apple, carrots, spinach, kale, ginger, and all the vast array of natural products that you can put in a juicer and get the job done in seconds.
Convenience of Juicing
A juice and vegetable juicer will extract the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables in a couple of seconds. That liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the fruit.
Yes, you could have a multi-vitamin, but studies suggest that the quality of artificial supplements is doubtful and doesn’t nearly compare to the one present in naturally grown food.
The health benefits of juicing vs. eating whole fruits and vegetables rely on the fact that your body can absorb the nutrients better and more rapidly, and it gives your digestive system a rest from digesting fiber.
Our body does not need to be continually digesting solid foods, another misconception.
Juicing the whole right products can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight. Our body thanks and needs good quality vitamins and minerals.
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Why aren’t we getting enough vitamins if we are eating that much?
Today, even without noticing, we have ended up eating a lot of processed food, that even if they are healthy, they have been processed and have lost a lot of the quality of its nutrients. Think tofu, made from soybeans.
We used to get all our vitamins and minerals some years ago, simply by eating. Without a doubt! But we also used to eat foods that were closer to their sources.
Some say juicing is bad. That is nonsense. Think about it, why would having pure vitamins and minerals freshly extracted from your vegetables and fruits would be wrong?
The Two Factors that fed this miss-conception: Sugar and Fiber
- Sugar: yes, if you juice five to ten fruits in your morning individual glass, you are probably getting way more sugar than what your body needs, especially if you are living with diabetes. Instead, try adding two fruits to your juice combined with vegetables such as celery, kale, and spinach.
- Fiber: yes, we need fiber and having it from our veggies is a great way to stay healthy and aid our digestive tract’s health. Juicing does not replace other meals of your day, which should always include a fair amount of fiber to facilitate your bowel movements, amongst other functions.
The bottom line is that if you don’t have the time or will to eat all these fruits and vegetables in the morning and don’t want to rely on poorly processed chemicals on supplements, juicing may be an excellent way to add them to your diet.
Also, juicing is a great way to add fruits and vegetables you might not eat. Think Ginger, Kale, Beetroots, and Celery, great for boosting your immune system and contributing to anti-inflammation, but hard to eat the quantity needed to get those benefits.
You can virtually throw everything into a juicer, even the vegetables you dislike and quickly make everything tastes good adding an apple, a tangerine, a kiwi or any other sweet fruit.
I am not a fan of Beetroots but I love my Beetroot, Apple and Celery Juice which is perfect for pre and post workouts.
These are Other Juices we love
What is the Best Juicer?
How to choose a juicer can be tricky if you don’t know what you are looking for or the differences between the ones available in the market.
Getting a proper juicer was something truly pivotal in our approach to our days. You can find two kinds of Juicers in the market. The ones that centrifugate the food and cold-pressed ones. We have tried both.
The main difference is that a cheaper version juicer will centrifugate the veggies and fruits at high-speed, creating some heat which is not the best for preserving the nutrients in your food (it is not that bad, this is actually the one we currently have). Also, I have found that when it overheats a little, that funny smell gets into your juice. It has only happened to me a couple of times, but it happens.
This Cold-Press Juicer uses a different and simpler technology. It just smashes the fruits and veggies, meaning it is slower. Cold-pressed juices give you the maximum nutrient potential. If you don’t mind spending a little more, I would buy this one; your juicing routine will be two minutes longer. No funny overheating smells in your juice.
We used the cold-pressed juicer for three weeks while living in a friend’s house in Rome; we loved it. One year before, we had bought the cheaper when we still ignored the differences. We are planning to upgrade our juicer soon to the cold-pressed version.