If you’re into health … and you ARE reading this website … you’ve probably read a bunch of articles that take sides when it comes to juicing.
Some are obsessed with their juicer, others have joined Team Blender and/or Team Solid Fruit, both of which I’m now realizing would be great names for an intramural team. But I digress. Since juicing is indeed such a contentious topic, I thought I’d provide highlights from both sides.
To start, juicing is obviously the most efficient way to provide your body with concentrated amounts of nutrients all at once. And unless you’re throwing in ice cream, a Snickers bar, and whipped cream (which does kinda sound awesome), your juice will most likely involve the ingredients your body needs.
This is especially effective if you don’t like certain fruits or veggies, but still want their nutrients delivered totally blended and unidentified by your amazingly destructive juicer. Personally, I don’t have this issue, but I once put kale into a chocolate shake. The mixture seemed odd at the time, but I didn’t taste the kale and realized the juicer is truly an expedient way to incorporate fruits and veggies into any mix. (Here are some great veggie juicing recipes you can try.)
Moreover, rather than sitting and eating several large tomatoes, which can be both time consuming and slightly awkward in any social setting, it is so much easier to just throw them into the juicer and blend up a tomato juice. And lastly, the excess of nutrients found in juicing is particularly helpful in removing bodily toxins, which explains why juice cleanses are the new thing these days.
So as you can see, juicing can be both positive and convenient.
It can also alter your diet, as juicing, presumably using fruits and veggies, means more carbs and less protein and fiber. This enables spikes in blood sugar, and that can cause a variety of physical and mental consequences like fatigue and headaches, not to mention hunger. And believe me, if you’re strictly juicing and not eating any solid foods, you will get hungry.
I learned this the hard way when I decided to do a 24-hour juice cleanse, which nonetheless still felt like another round of Yom Kippur. Let’s just say I won’t be trying that again.
This brings me to my next and possibly most important point: if you’re buying pre-made juices, be cautious … These are often expensive and contain both fruit concentrate and processing that again increases one’s sugar level. And lastly, if you’re juicing at home, cheaper juicers tend to remove the nutrients from fruits and veggies, more so than their expensive counterparts. Not to say that juicing is for the rich, but be wary if you’re constantly juicing using a less expensive appliance.
Therefore, like anything, juicing can be both good and bad depending on how you do it.
In other words, I wouldn’t cut it out and I wouldn’t rely on it. If it’s between eating an apple or throwing it in the juicer, you’re probably better off just eating the apple. But if it’s between making a juice out of the apple instead of drinking a can of soda or eating a bag of chips, the juice is obviously better.
How do you juice?