Juicing Gets A Bad Reputation And It Shouldn’t. Here’s Why Juicing Can Be Amazing For Your Health.
There are two criticisms I often hear about juicing that I think need to be addressed and cleared up. There’s also one often said health claim about juicing that isn’t actually true at all. I think because of these things the one biggest benefit that juicing has to offer might get a bit overshadowed.
First off, the two often heard criticisms:
Criticism #1: Juicing takes out all of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables juiced.
This criticism just makes me laugh. Yes, it is actually true that juicing takes out the fiber from the food. My response to that is, “so what”. Does that mean that you will not have the opportunity through-out your day to eat your daily amount of fiber? The fact that juicing takes out the fiber is simply a fact. People who say this seem to imply that when you are juicing it’s your only chance in the day to get your daily fiber. This should not be a criticism, but rather just a reminder in case someone thought they were actually going to get fiber from juicing. Somehow though, people might think of this as a huge negative and a reason not to juice at all. You can still get your daily fiber from oatmeal, whole grains, beans, brown rice, and nuts, all great sources of fiber.
Criticism #2: You get a lot of sugar when you juice.
This is another silly argument against juicing because it generalizes all juice as having a lot of sugar. This criticism might be true for certain juices but not for all. For instance, if you juice all fruits and no vegetables then you will have a bunch of sugar that will outweigh the benefits from any of the nutrients you get from the juice. However, if you were to juice only veggies then you would have very little sugar. So, really the amount of sugar you get from juicing all depends on what types of fruits and vegetables you are using to make your juice. Now, I do not recommend make a juice of just pineapple, mangos, oranges, and raspberries. That drink would have really high amount of sugar and you’d probably be better off just eating those fruits.
False Health Claim: Juicing Is A Great Detox For Your Body.
I'm sure you've heard (usually from people trying to sell you on something) that juicing is a great detox for your body. There are even juice cleanse programs that cost hundreds of dollars. Next time you see one of these programs or hear someone say juicing is a great detox you can call BS on them, because there are no scientific studies that show this to be true. Your body already does a great job cleansing itself with the help of your kidneys and liver. If you want to be healthier, simply start introducing healthier foods into your diet and your body will take care of the rest. No $300 detox program necessary.
So, now that we got those things cleared up, let’s talk about the one benefit of juicing that I believe can be great for your health. Let me ask you question first. How often do you eat broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots, and bell peppers? I’m guessing it’s not as often as you would like. This is also true for myself, especially not all of these in the same day. I think you might know where I’m going with this. Juicing these veggies will give you all of their amazing micronutrients that you probably wouldn’t otherwise be getting on a daily basis, because you simply are not consuming these foods. As much as we would like to eat these amazing foods it’s not always that easy to do so, especially with our jobs, families, and social activities.
Of course, juicing just veggies might be a little hard to drink because of the bitterness and earthy taste, so you will want to sweeten things up a bit. The key is to figure out the lowest amount of sweetness to add to your juice to make it drinkable while keeping the sugar content down. Apples, oranges, lemon, beets, and even ginger are some options to sweeten your juice. I would recommend to first juice the greens like broccoli, spinach, kale, parsley and then slowly add some sweetness and see what tastes best for you.
So, if you’re new to juicing, haven’t juiced in a while, or were turned off by certain criticisms, then I recommend you consider juicing and give your body the many amazing micronutrients that you might be missing out on.
Here is my go to juice recipe:
2 celery stalks
½ medium granny smith apple
2 kale stalks
Handful of parsley
Handful of spinach
Small piece of ginger
½ red bell pepper
1 large broccoli floret
1 large carrots
½ medium beet
I probably make this juice every other day on average. Ideally, I would like to make this drink every day. Unfortunately, there is another minor criticism of juicing that I somewhat agree with; it's kind of a pain in the butt to clean the juicer after each use. But I think it's definitely worth the time for the great health benefits it produces. Happy Juicing!