17 Feb The Pros and Cons of Juicing
Juicing has been around since 150 B.C., but the concept has really exploded in the last couple of years. Juicing companies make their product sound like the best thing since microwavable popcorn, but is juicing really that good for you? Well, yes and no. Let’s talk about the pros and cons.
You can pack down more nutrients. There are a few reasons why this is important. For one thing, a lot of the food that Americans consume today is much lower in nutrients than what we used to have. For another thing, most people aren’t getting their six to eight servings of fruits and veggies each day. Juicing can get you the nutrients you’re missing out on in less time.
It’s an awesome alternative if you don’t like eating fruits and vegetables. You can still get your daily serving of fruits and veggies, even if you don’t like eating them! For those people who aren’t a fan of fruits and veggies, this is a great way to add them to your diet.
You miss out on the fiber. This is probably the biggest health setback of juicing—your body can get a lot of the nutrients it needs, but you’ll still feel hungry because you’re missing the fiber that fills you up. As a result, you might end up overeating to compensate.
Juicing fruits could backfire. Fruits are good for you, but fruits have significantly more sugar than vegetables. That can create potential problems with juicing, especially if someone is juicing to try and lose weight. When you juice an apple, for example, you condense all of the apple’s fructose sugar into a third of a cup. Your body absorbs what you drink a lot faster than what you eat—as a result, juicing a lot of fruits can cause your blood sugar levels to spike more than they would if you were eating the fruits themselves.
It might affect your medication. A lot of people don’t realize that some foods have negative effects on certain prescription and OTC medications. For example, juices that are high in vitamin K might change how various blood thinners work. Grapefruit juice alone impacts over 85 medications. Be sure to check the label on your medication and bring up any questions you have with your doctor.
Some sources out there say that juicing is healthier than eating the actual fruits and vegetables (some claim that removing fiber makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients), but there’s no scientific evidence backing this up. Be weary of any advertising that makes juicing sound too good to be true, and do your research.
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