Juicing has become the ultimate diet trend of the 21st century.  It’s well known that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will provide you with tons of vitamins, minerals, and fibre, and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.  On top of that, juices are delicious, the recipe options are endless, you can take them to-go, and they satisfy your hunger.  However, as always, too much of a good thing is a not good at all.

Celebrities such as Blake Lively, Michelle Williams, and Debra Messing have been closely linked with juicing, and they look fantastic.  They must know something we don’t! So we investigated and did a lot of research on the subject.  Our resident Fitness Femme weighs in on the great debate: to juice or not to juice? How often, and how much?

Pros of Juicing:

  • Juicing is a great way to squeeze fruits and vegetables into your diet if you typically don’t like them.
  • When making juice, you can add fruits and vegetables that are about to spoil. That way, you don’t waste produce (the food we waste the most money on each year).

Cons of Juicing:

  • Juice ≠ Vegetables/Fruits.  Many people believe that juices have all the same benefits of eating vegetables and fruits, but that is simply not the case.  The pulp and skin of fruits and vegetables is where all of the fibre and most of the vitamins and minerals are located, and these parts are segregated from the final products.  Your final juice will be all sugar and vitamins.
  • Juicing is expensive! Not only for the juicer itself (which ranges from $50-$400), but an 8oz juice  ≠ 80z of vegetables and fruit.  More like 16-20oz of actual produce to get one glass of juice.
  • Juice is a highly concentrated form of calories.  This is great if you are trying to gain weight, but not if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight.  Juice is not a suitable meal replacement. You will fall short on the amount of fibre and protein that your body needs.

Bottom Line:

As you can see, the cons > pros.  But that doesn’t mean juices are the diet devil! Juices can be a great addition to any healthy balanced diet.  They provide  a lot of energy through the sugar and vitamins.  So as long as you ensure to get enough protein and fibre in your diet, you should find that you look and feel great!

I found an excellent infographic on plinket.com about juicing compared to eating regular fruit.  It explains the debate very well! Check it out here!

Of course, juicing isn’t something to be feared.  It can be a great compliment to a healthy diet.  You should use it to supplement your diet, not as a cleanse.  You could also opt for smoothies, which will keep the fibre of the fruit and still provide lots of nutrition.  So juice responsibly and stay healthy!

 

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