To Juice or Not to Juice that is a Big Question

Has the juicing craze left you confused? Eating your fruits and vegetables shouldn't be so complicated. I will give you some pointers that might help you out. The average American is eating less than a fifth of the recommended five servings of vegetables and three fruits a day.  If  the only way people can squeeze in getting in their daily allowance of fruits and vegetables is by juicing then,  juicing will  help make up the shortfalls in your diet, so juicing  has a vital role in many peoples healthy lives.

With smoothies you are drinking all of the vegetable / fruit and, including the fiber. These juices digest more slowly and are even healthier. One of the health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables is to increase your source of heart- and digestive-healthy fiber. The  fiber also can help fill you up.

Juicing has become popular in recent years probably due to the fact that it makes for an additional way to get more fruits and vegetables in one’s diet. Juicing as prevention and a treatment for cancer has also gained popularity. However, when looking at the pros and cons of juicing, I would recommend caution when evaluating some of the claims you may see about cancer cures, many of which are unsubstantiated.

Drink your home-squeezed juice right away, to prevent the risk of contamination.  A good quality juicer is expensive and the time investment needed to prepare the fruits and vegetables and the cleanup afterward is labor intensive.  Some fruits and vegetables can contain more sugar than you might realize, and this can add unwanted calories and lead to weight gain. Juicing removes the fiber, so the vegetable juice metabolizes or goes into your system too quickly, with an effect similar to sugar.

 

More tomorrow on Juicing