The juicing craze is sweeping the nation. Is it everything it’s cracked up to be?
Let’s start by introducing Jennifer K. Nelson. She is a nutritionist from the Mayo Clinic. She had this to say on juicing:
Juicing probably is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which is lost during most juicing.
Proponents say that juicing is better for you than is eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. They say that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight. But there’s no sound scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself.
Okay. So. Where does that leave us? I personally juice almost every morning. I do it because while it may not give me any MORE nutrients that eating whole fruits and vegetables, I know that I eat significantly more fruits and veggies that way. I would never reach for half a cucumber and eat the whole thing. But in my morning juice, I put half a cucumber, a whole pepper, two apples, an orange, a lemon, baby spinach and 3 carrots. I’m getting all those nutrients in one little delicious drink. Now tell me: would you ever make all that for breakfast one morning? I wouldn’t.
I feel that it is really easy to input fiber into your diet to supplement the fiber you lose out on by juicing. You can also save your ground up peels and use them in things like muffins and other recipes. Then, you don’t have to lose out on anything!! YAY for using all of the ingredients!
Juicing is great for on the go mornings. I also like to make enough for me to drink one for lunch as well. In the recipe that I put up above, I can get two drinks out of it.
Pinterest has a million and one juicing that have crazy health benefits. I know my mom has an entire book she’s put together herself on amazing and yummy juice recipes. The point is, most people aren’t going to eat all the vegetables and fruits they say they will — so this is a surefire guarantee that you get all the nutrients your body really wants.