Why juicing isn't really as healthy as you thought
Should you just throw away your fancy juicers now?
Granted, if you aren’t a huge fan of fruits and veggies, then juicing is a convenient way to get your daily intake covered. But how healthy is it really?
The biggest problem with juicing is the loss of fiber. To break it down, when fruits and vegetables are “juiced” and the pulp is thrown away, then many of the vitamins are lost and the sugar is what remains.
However, there is hope—and it costs less money! Just making a refreshing drink the good ol’ fashion way may be the way to go.
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a juicer, a standard blender will sufficiently liquify your greens without losing the pulp that makes them so healthy in the first place.
Founder of the weight management program Eating Free, Manuel Villacorta told WebMD, “Calories are a concern if it’s pure fruit juice.” He went on to explain that fruits contain more sugar and calories than vegetables, so when someone is juicing four fruits at a time, then this can add up.
Other nutritionists interviewed also warned against juice-only diets because they do not provide enough protein or fiber to make dieters feel full, so they will be more tempted to binge later on. Villacorta also mentioned that there is little scientific evidence to back-up the claimed benefits of juice cleanses.
Some suggestions to pack your juice with protein include adding Greek yogurt, flaxseed, or peanut butter.
To wrap it up, the verdict is that while juicing isn’t necessarily unhealthy, there are simply better ways to do it than others. Keep on juicin’ on!
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