Juicing is all the rage these days. And why wouldn’t it be? With the fast-paced lives we lead, juicing fits in perfectly as the quick and easy way to get your daily serving of greens.
But is drinking that kale, spinach and apple juice just as healthy as eating the whole fruit or vegetable?
When you’re a juicer, you’re more likely to consume extra fruits and veggies than if you had to eat them all. Just one glass of juice could have several days’ servings! Plus, when you combine everything into a single glass, you can hide the taste of veggies that you might not like while still getting their health benefits.
However, there are some downsides to sipping your servings:
- Unlike your grocery store carton of OJ, the juice from your juice cafe isn’t pasteurized or treated to kill bacteria and preserve shelf life. Translation: You could be drinking some E. coli, listeria or salmonella with your green juice.
- Aside from that, juicing also removes the pulp! And a juice with no pulp is a juice without fiber. Translation: Because they don’t have fiber, these juices will cause spikes in blood sugar. So you might feel tired and hungry for a sugary snack fairly soon after drinking a glass of fruit juice.
- Finally, don’t forget about the calories! Just because juice is healthy does not mean it’s low-calorie. Fruit-centric juices tend to have more calories than juice made from vegetables. Plus, all those yummy add-ins like yogurt, soymilk, avocado and peanut butter will turn that low-calorie juice into a smoothie! Translation: You don’t have to avoid smoothies; just be aware that they may be high-calorie bombs.
So if you’re someone who prefers to eat your fruits and vegetables whole or juiced, the important thing is to eat them.
Check back on for Part II of this Juicing Series that will address the age-old question: What about juice cleanses?