The Juicing Craze


Who hasn’t heard about the latest diet craze—juicing? Well here’s why we don’t love juicing diets and stick to the idea of counting macronutrients as a healthy way of life.

There’s no question that fruits and vegetables are very healthy. They help protect against strokes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even some cancers as well as providing important nutrients including zinc, for the immune system, and folic acid for making red blood cells. However, once these fruits and vegetables are juiced, many of their healthy, powerful properties are left behind.

Nowadays, juice bars are popping up absolutely everywhere; pretty soon, they’ll be the next Starbucks with a location on every street corner. While juicing may seem to be a growing trend amongst the a-listers, there are more than a few reasons why making juices your main caloric intake for the day is not such a great idea.

A few notions you may hear about juicing diets:

  • It’s a way for your body to take a break from the everyday food consumption, breakdown and digestion processes
  • A great way to take in an abundance of nutrients in just one drink
  • It detoxes your liver

Reasons to stray from this type of diet:

  • Juices are loaded with sugar.
    • One juice can have more than the recommended daily amount.
    • Depending on the number of fruits juiced, a fresh-pressed juice can have upwards of 50-60 grams of sugar per 16 ounces.
  • You won’t feel satisfied
    • Juicing=stripping all fiber out of the fruits and vegetables.
    • Most of the fiber and micronutrients in produce are found in their skin. Skipping the fiber reduces nutrient intake, is not good for proper digestion, will make you hungry again sooner and may even lead to digestive issues (i.e. constipation).
    • There are also minimal amounts of protein found in fruits and veggies, so strictly drinking juices may lead to a lethargy.
  • You’ll consume more pesticides:
    • When juicing the entire vegetable/fruit, skin on, you’re consuming all the pesticides on the skins.
      • For example, you may eat carrots as a part of your daily diet, but when you juice carrots, oftentimes, the skin is not peeled, leaving all the pesticides on the carrots.
  • You may acquire stomach issues:
    • Many of the fruits in juices are loaded with citric acid (i.e. lemons and oranges), which may upset a sensitive stomach.
  • You’re missing out on antioxidants:
    • When fruits are cut into, nutrients are slowly lost, therefore, when juiced, antioxidants are missed out on (i.e. polyphenols in berries).
      • Antioxidants keep your skin bright and healthy, aid in mental health and maintain a strong immune system.
  • You may get sick:
    • Juicers are difficult to clean.
      • If a juicer is not thoroughly washed after each use, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that could make you sick.
    • If the produce is not washed properly prior to juicing, there is an increased risk of getting sick, as well.
  • You could gain weight:
    • Fructose is found in fruit, naturally, and broken down slowly as part of the digestive process. There isn’t more sugar created by crushing fruit, but you’re making it much easier for your body to absorb it.
      • This means that you better hit the gym right after your crazy sugar rush of fructose, otherwise the sugar is stored as fat.
    • The process of chewing your food uses energy and burns calories. When you’re limiting to just drinking, much less energy is dispensed and may even cause weight gain (if the added sugar doesn’t on its own).
  • Your teeth may suffer:
    • Dentists are seeing tooth enamel erosion from the high acid content.

 

Now that you know all of the negatives of a juicing diet, do you think fresh-pressed juices are any better for you than a soda? Engage with us on social media (Facebook and Instagram) and let us know your thoughts on the topic of juicing.

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