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The Pressing Truth on Juicing

When it comes to weight loss, one might dust off their juicer in hopes to shed those pounds quickly. Beyond losing weight, other perceived benefits of juicing include removing toxins and boosting the immune system. But can drinking juices really reap such health benefits? Here is the pressing truth!

The Pressing Truth on Juicing

What Is Juicing?

First off, it is important to establish what juicing is not: A magic elixir to drop pounds quickly and prevent and cure all health ailments. But what juicing actually is... Simply the juice extracted from fruits and veggies from a juicer. When you hone in on the word "extracted," the juice is purely removed from what whole produce offers, including the notorious fiber offered from plant-based foods. However, the resulting liquid still contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from the fruits and veggies.

Potential Benefits and Concerns of Juicing

The benefits of juicing may be linked to the following:

Increased Nutrients
Drinking a fresh-pressed juice can increase nutrient intake imperative for vital physiological processes in the body, especially for those who struggle to consume the recommended five to 13 servings of fruits and veggies per day for whatever reason.

Reduced Fiber
While fiber tends to be encouraged for digestive and cardiovascular health, some individuals are warranted to follow a low-fiber diet. Juices can offer the vitamins and minerals of fruits and veggies, without the worry of significant fiber intake.

Chewing and Swallowing Difficulties
Noshing on raw, whole fruits and veggies is not always a feasible option for those displaying chewing and swallowing difficulties. Sipping on juice can offer those nutrients while lessening the risk of aspiration and choking.

Though the benefits of juicing are nonetheless convincing, there are always two sides of the story. Along with the potential benefits, concerns of juicing may be related to:

Perceived Meal Replacements
Disclaimer: Juices should not replace meals, as they are quickly digested and can lead to feelings of hunger shortly after. And not to mention, the absence of fiber, protein, and healthy fat, imperative nutrients included in a well-balanced diet.

Commercially-Made Products
Commercially-made juices can be worrisome, as they may be filled with other additives such as sugar. In fact, some so-called "juices" may be nothing more than sugar and comparable to soft drinks.

Blood Sugars
As mentioned, juices are quickly absorbed, which may cause significant blood sugar spikes. The concentrated sugar source makes it considerably problematic for those managing diabetes.

Bacteria Growth
Juices not refrigerated or consumed within 72 hours can harbor bacteria, posing the danger of a foodborne illness.

Should You Be Juicing?

Ultimately, juicing is not the automatic answer to your weight loss dreams, nor does research indicate it as a healthier alternative to eating whole fruits and veggies. However, it may assist and provide essential nutrients you may not consume from food, especially if having difficultly consuming the recommended servings of fresh fruit and veggies no matter what the reason may be. If you are interested in juicing, find a more detailed guide here, along with incorporating protein and healthy fats into the diet. But if desiring weight loss assistance and gaining health benefits in a nourishing and sustaining fashion...

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on December 20, 2017. Updated on May 07, 2019.


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