Is Juicing Healthy Or Should You Avoid It?


People are turning to juicing for various reasons. Some start drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices to ensure they get adequate reasons, while others use juices as a way to lose weight. A lot of debate has been done about juicing and this discussion is bound to happen even in the future. There are many pros and cons of juicing and understanding them will allow you to make an informed decision about whether consuming juice is good or bad for you.

Advantages of Juicing

If you are the type of person, who considers himself to be a real carnivore, juicing is the perfect way to include fruits and veggies in your diet. You can concoct your own recipes and come up with great fruit and veggie combos.

If your body reacts to fiber and you suffer from diarrhea and abdominal pain, you most probably avoid fruits, vegetables and other fiber-rich foods. However, juicing gives you a way to enjoy fruits and vegetables without the side effects.

Supporters of juicing claim freshly made juices contain vitamins and minerals that can easily be absorbed by the digestive tract. However, the Mayo Clinic claims there is no scientific evidence to back this claim, but advocates juicing as a way to include vegetables and fruits that people usually don’t eat regularly.

There also are claims juicing can boost immune system, help flush out toxins from the body and also reduce the risks of certain cancers.

Proponents of juicing claim drinking a glass of juice 20 minutes before a meal can reduce your food intake, thereby helping you lose weight.

Problems with Juicing

Since the juices are devoid of fiber, it causes the body to absorb carbohydrates and sugar faster. As a result, this can cause a sudden spike in your blood sugar levels which can pose a problem if you are diabetic.

Juices also contain a type of sugar, which cannot be digested. This sugar is known as sorbitol and can lead to flatulence, bloating and intestinal discomfort, according to Baylor College of Medicine based in Houston, Texas. You also can suffer from diarrhea, as sorbitol absorbs water from the intestines.

Some fruits, such as oranges and pineapple, have high sugar content. When you juice such fruits, you consume them regularly, you could end up gaining weight instead of losing it.

If juices are not consumed right after they are made, they could harbor dangerous bacteria and pathogens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That is why juices should be consumed immediately and when buying packaged juices, you should read the label carefully to check whether the juice is pasteurized.

People, who use juicing as a way to lose weight, should be careful, as juices do not contain fiber. This makes them less filling and causes the person to overeat to satiate their hunger.

The Verdict

If you are not keen on vegetables and fruits, juicing is a great way to incorporate them into your daily diet. If you enjoy eating fruits and veggies, juicing is a nice change. The bottom line, you should not expect fruit and vegetable juices to perform miracles.

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