Pros and Cons of Juicing
by Aleksandar Mishkov
3 months ago
Between work, family responsibilities, and anything in between, how many vegetables are you eating per day? Can you keep track? And not to mention, you have to buy them, prepare, cook, and then eat your veggies?
At times, it can become too much hassle to eat vegetables. And that is where juicing comes in. In the past few years, juicing has explored in popularity. The idea is pretty appealing and simple. You get all the vitamins and minerals from vegetables, but in a quick and easy way. Not to mention, concentrated amount.
Nowadays, juicing is often called “cleansing” or “detoxing”. With that in mind, are there any downsides in juicing? And what are all of the benefits? Today, we will talk about the positives and negatives of juicing.
Positive: Getting more products in the system
It is a known fact. Most of us do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Consuming juices on a regular basis is the fastest way to meet the daily dose of fruits and vegetables, and get your nutrients in the system.
Negative: Lack of fiber
Drinking fruits and vegetables is a convenient way to reach daily goals in terms of vitamins and minerals. But one area where juices do not help is fiber. In fact, when you juice fruits and vegetables, they lose their fiber content. Whole fruits and veggies contain a lot more fiber, and help you slow digestion of natural sugars. Drinking juice means getting sugar without fiber to slow it down.
Positive: Promotes absorption
Drinking juices will improve absorption of nutrients and digestion. Starting your morning with a green juice is like giving your body an IV full of nutrients. The highly concentrated “injection” is easily absorbed, and delivers a quick boost of nutrients and energy.
And if you have digestive difficulties, juicing really helps. Juicing breaks down fruits and vegetables into a form that is super easy for our body to digest and absorb. That way, we are getting the maximum amount of nutrients in a digestible form.
Negative: Highly concentrated
The highly concentrated feature of juicing is both good and bad. Yes, it is good that you get a concentrated amount of minerals and vitamins. But on the downside, you also get a highly concentrated amount of sugar. That is why you should avoid putting two or three different fruits in a juice. Stick to more vegetables, as they are lower in sugar.
Positive: Antioxidants boost
Juice contains a lot of phytonutrients, compounds made by plants that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Just one cup of juice per day made with vegetables can reduce several risk factors for cardiovascular disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Negative: Requires a lot of cleanup
Yes, juicing is easy and simple. But it still requires a lot of preparation and cleanup. Drinking a glass of juice is fast and easy. But in between, you have to rinse your products, cut them, juice them, and clean your juicer afterward. It is still faster than cooking vegetables, but it is not a one minute process.
How to juice in a healthy way
Here are some quick tips how to make sure you are juicing in a healthy way. After all, juicing is a way to live a healthier life. You do not want to make some of the mistakes of juicing.
- Use juices to supplement your daily diet, not as an alternative to diet. You can squeeze in additional minerals and vitamins, but you cannot live on juice alone
- Keep calories in check, as juicing can easily increase your calorie consumption. It is not easy and simple to eat five to six veggies per day, but juicing can give them all in one glass. That is why you should keep your calorie consumption at check
- Put vegetables first, and fruits second. Juicing only fruits will result in a lot more sugar consumption but no fiber. That way, your juice becomes highly concentrated in sugars, and you do not want that