Juicing seems the new health trend all over the world, causing new juice bars to pop up in almost every city like mushrooms after the rain. In essence, juicing is extracting the juice from vegetables and fruits with specialized tools and machines. Although you can find veggie juices at the store, their quantity of nutrients quantity is nowhere near the amount found in home made juices. Before you try it out, it is important to know the risk and benefits of juicing.The Risks and Benefits of Juicing Picture
You get all the nutrients you need
One of the most important benefits of juicing is the fact that it allows you to consume the optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner. This way you get all the nutrients you need and have more energy throughout the day. An adult should consume one pound of raw vegetables per 50 pounds of body weight each day. Juicing is the best solution for those who find it difficult to accomplish this task.
You absorb nutrients better
Juicing helps your body absorb all the nutrients from vegetables because it pre-digests them for you. This way you will receive most of the vitamins and minerals, instead of eliminating them. You might wonder why this is important. People have made poor food choices over many years and this has caused an impaired digestion. This limits your body’s ability, so you absorb only a small part of the nutrients from vegetables and fruits.
A bigger variety of vegetables and fruits are consumed
Many people like their food in a certain way and usually eat the same vegetables and fruits every day. We need to have a more diverse diet in order to avoid food allergies and an imbalanced nutrient intake. Juicing allows you to consume a wider variety of produce that you would not normally eat whole. The benefits of juicing will be visible shortly after you change your diet.
You drink more
Drinking enough liquids is very important, but people rarely drink enough. Thanks to juicing, you can drink 3-4 cups before 10 am ans stay hydrated throughout the entire day. Moreover, you avoid the so-called vitamin waters from the store filled with synthetic vitamins and sugar.
Replacing a meal
Although there are many benefits of juicing, it cannot be a nutritionally-equivalent replacement for whole fruits and vegetables. There are many healthy nutrients that you get only form the whole produce. The skin and the pulp of the produce is where most of the vitamins and fiber are stored. Try adding the pulp to the juice and consume as many raw fruits and vegetables as you can.
Supplement, don’t cleanse
The cleanse-for-weight-loss meal replacement trend can cause extreme hunger that leads to binging, overeating and health problems, including unstable blood sugar, headaches, and lightheadedness. Although nutritionists agree that juicing offers a nutrient rich, low fat glass of energy, its role is to balance a diet, not to replace a meal.
The juice isn’t pasteurized
Because the juice isn’t pasteurized, it can be a safety hazard if you do not thoroughly wash all produce before juicing to remove pesticides, microbes and bacteria. It is important to drink the juice on the same day that you made it and to wash the juicer after each use with soapy water.