Is Juicing Healthy?

Is Juicing Healthy?

Is blending better or is juicing better? What do you do with the leftover pulp when you juice? Will it help me lose weight? There are loads of questions about juice diets, but perhaps the most important would be: "Is it healthy?"

That is a realistic question, which deserves some good answers. Read on to get into the pulp (pardon the pun) of the matter.

Juicing or Blending?

When people first encounter juices they may actually have what is more formally known as a smoothie. This is a pulverized mixture of fruits, vegetables, greens, and other compounds to create a sort of meal in a cup.

Juicing is, for the most part, done in the same way, but instead of giving you everything that was just whizzed up in that blender, a juicer strains out everything but the liquid. The pulp, seeds, pith and other parts that constitute the solids of the ingredients will be strained away. The leftover pulp contains most of the fiber, but the juice product is refreshing and packed with other nutrients.

A pulverized smoothie will retain the fiber, but leaves you with a thicker, pulpier texture that may not be desirable to all. It’s up to your personal preferences when you choose between the two methods. There are also many solutions for what to do with the leftover pulp when you juice.

So, is juicing good for you?

Yes and no. There is a classic saying: All things in moderation. Juicing is an amazingly good way to get huge amounts of nutrients like antioxidants and vitamins into your body in just a few gulps. However, there is a downside to the ease in which you can consume your daily juices, and that is that you can just as easily slug down a huge number of calories along with the nutrients.

When we drink things we don't register their volume or caloric content in the same way we feel the volume of solid foods. As one expert indicates, "You may consume more calories overall because your body doesn't realize how many you've sipped," and going on to point out that a single, 12-ounce glass of fresh-pressed apples, for instance, has close to 200 calories.

This proves that living on lots and lots of juices could set you up to pack on many pounds without even eating, but even more so if you are using juices as part of a meal instead of a replacement for one.

Can you replace meals with juice?

That is the final point you must learn about juicing — it is a great way to "skip" a meal without skipping essential calories and nutrients. Although, you shouldn’t replace all of your meals by guzzling large and naturally sugar filled juices. Some smoothies are made with more vegetables and protein sources and therefore make decent options for an occasional meal substitution.

There are many liquid diets and juice cleanses out there, and some of them are well designed. They replace meals with nutritious juice blends in order to help you shed weight or to detoxify in some way. These are great, but even then, only when in moderation. The all juice diet is not what the body was designed to live on, so enjoy a good glass of fresh juice each day but make it something that provides you with vitamins, energy, or a quick meal and you should be good to go!

Source: 

Stephens, Betsy. The Skinny on Juicing. 2012. http://www.redbookmag.com/body/healthy-eating/advice/a14289/juice-diet-facts/

 

 


CATEGORIES: Fruit Juice, Juice, Vitamins & Minerals, Liquid Diet