Regardless of what you call them, ‘cleanses’, juice ‘fasts’, or ‘detox’, juicing has taken the weight loss industry by storm over the last couple of years. In exchange for a diet that is heavily reliant on ‘healthy’ juices (for instance, a mix of vegetables and fruits), we are promised a young, healthy, glowing skin, possible weight loss, and better mental clarity.
But the real question is: does juicing actually help you? A lot of people believe that juicing is actually bad for us since it’s loaded with sugar and doesn’t have sufficient fiber content. This statement is true to a good extent provided you are drinking fruit/veggie juices without other fiber in your meals (fiber is found in whole foods, and slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream). When you juice whole fruits or veggies, you don’t get the fiber content that is present since juicing machines leave behind the fiber-rich pulp and only extract the juice. However, a good solution to this problem is to add the pulp back to the juice or use it in cooking.
Reasons Why People Turn To Juicing
People who prefer juicing usually fall into one or more categories based on the reason they opt to juice instead of just eating whole fruits:
- The ‘juice cleanser’ uses a juice blend with the aim of detoxing the body and giving the gut a break.
- The ‘juice faster’ is usually looking to kick-start their weight loss journey by using veggie and fruit juices as their key source of nutrition for a few days, weeks or even months.
- The ‘juice snacker’ likes freshly squeezed juice with a snack or meal and often replaces a meal with just juice. This kind of juicer simply loves juice or thinks that fresh juice makes a great addition to their diet.
Is Juicing Good For Your Health?
Juicing is no better than consuming whole veggies and fruits. When making gram comparisons, juice does not rank higher than whole produce in terms of nutrition. In fact, it is usually lower in a number of key nutrients and lacks the beneficial fiber. Contrary to popular beliefs, your body doesn’t absorb the nutrients when they are in form of juice.
That being said, juices do pack nutrients. A lot of people choose to drink fruits and vegetables instead of eating them because of it easier and less time-consuming. Plus, it allows them to use more of the produce. If that is the case with you, then it is generally a good thing to rely on juicing. However, if you really wish to get more health benefits, then your best bet is to consume more whole fruits and vegetables as compared to just drinking their juiced versions.
If you think juice will cleanse or detox your body then you are wrong. There is no scientific research to back that claim. In order to keep your organs functioning to their optimum level, you need to feed your body a balanced diet consisting of nutrient-rich, minimally-processed foods.