While the juicing craze is by no means new, it’s still going really strong. But there are plenty of people doing it all for the wrong reasons. If you enjoy juicing, make sure you’ve got the facts and avoid following the myths…..
Myth: Juicing is far better than consuming whole fruits or vegetables
There’s actually nothing better than munching away on whole fruits and veg. While die-hard juicers claim that juicing gives the digestive tract a much-needed rest (and yes it does, especially from fiber), most people don’t even come close to consuming the recommended 25 to 40 grams of fiber every day. The body needs fiber in order to maintain an optimally-functioning digestive system. The fiber-rich pulp will help to make you feel fuller quicker and for longer, so you avoid those hunger pangs that have you reaching for the chips. Fiber also lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of numerous conditions such as heart disease, constipation and cardiovascular disease. By drinking juice with very little to no fiber your blood pressure can go through dramatic spikes and that in turn leads to irritability, fatigue and headaches. The rule of thumb is to listen to your body. If you’re starving after limiting your meal plan, don’t force yourself to carry on with it, adjust until you’re comfortable.
Myth: All juices are created equal
If you’re enjoying your juices at a health food store or juice bar, make sure you read the labels carefully. It may well be you’re drinking a bottle of sugar that’s been smartly disguised as a healthy product. Look out for juices that are heavy of the vegetables and light on fruit so that you avoid those sugar spikes and keep your calories in check. Homemade juices are best since you can make your own juice mix, making sure the ingredients are organic and it will save you money long-term.
Myth: Juicing helps you lose weight
Although fruits and vegetables are relatively low in calories and have plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, too much of anything can pack on the pounds. Each ½ cup of fruit has about 60 calories. Juicing 4 to 5 cups of fruit comes out to 480 to 600 calories in one serving. If you’re trying to lose weight while juicing, portions still matter. Furthermore, diets that advocate juicing alone aren’t balanced and are often dangerously low in calories overall.
Myth: Juicing provides more vitamins
Fruit and vegetables contain loads of vitamin C and some B-vitamins which are easily destroyed by slicing, cooking and juicing. In order to get the most vitamins from your juice, prepare right before drinking. Vitamins and minerals can be destroyed with increased exposure to air and light so drink your juice right away. Also, overall 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.