Why You Should Skip Juicing

One might think that Juicing is a healthy alternative to eating fruits and vegetables however, unfortunately juicing promotes consuming a large amount of sugar and calories in a short period of time. This can lead to a spike in blood sugar and raise your risk for diabetes.

7 reasons to skip juicing

The best nutritional plan would be to take everything that was going to be ‘juiced’ and eat it in whole form throughout the day. This promotes sustained energy throughout the day, avoids the consumption of liquid calories, and gives one the satiety of eating the foods, rather than consuming them in liquid form.

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  • Eat whole fruits and veggies instead.

Fruits and Vegetables are good for your body. That’s a fact. Some of them even help fight cancer.  But juicing advocates often claim that drinking juice is better for you than consuming whole fruits and vegetables, because removing the fiber makes nutrients easier to absorb.  There isn’t any scientific research to support this. Your digestive system is designed to handle fiber and effectively extract nutrients from a variety of foods, including whole fruits and vegetables. While juicing can be a way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, eating them whole and raw is just as good for you, if not better.

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  • Juicing will not help you lose weight. 

Using juices to lose weight is merely a fad diet and it can be harmful to your body. Any weight you lose on a juice diet would be the result of fewer calories, but meanwhile, your body may not get enough protein from a juice diet.  Lack of enough protein can cause you to lose muscle mass. Juice cleanses can also lead to blood-sugar problems, severe diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue, so they are not recommended by physicians and nutritionists.

Juicing to lose weight or detox is too extreme, can cause lean muscle mass loss and the results are not likely to last.

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  • Juicing does not detox your body. 

Juice cleanses that are marketed to “detoxify” your body have shown no evidence that  your body needs to be detoxified by depriving yourself of certain foods; your body is designed to remove toxins on its own using organs like the liver, kidneys, and colon.

Your body is designed to remove toxins on its own using  the liver, kidneys, and colon.

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  • Juicing eliminates the healthy fiber naturally found in veggies.

Juices are not a perfect replacement for vegetables. When you drink your veggies, you may miss out on the fiber that helps keep you feeling full, reduces your risk of heart disease, and lowers your cholesterol. If you juice,  choose a juicer that preserves the fiber (not an extractor) or add the pulp that is leftover in your juicer to muffins, soups, or sauces so you don’t skip out on the benefits of fiber.

When you juice, you don’t get the fiber that’s in whole fruits and vegetables. Fiber keeps you feeling full longer, reduces your risk of heart disease, and lowers cholesterol.

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  • Juicing Promotes High Sugar Intake.

What you put in your juice can make a big difference. Fruits are higher in sugar and calories than vegetables. Drinking pure fruit juice can lead to a spike in blood sugar, especially true in the case of juice diets, and may raise your risk for diabetes.

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  • Juicing Can Make You Sick.

If you are making your own juice, try to make it fresh each time and drink it right after you make it. Because homemade juices are not pasteurized, bacteria can grow in them which can cause food poisoning. Juice is not something you should make ahead of time.  If you want a juice with breakfast, give yourself some extra time in the morning to use your juicer.  Also, remember to thoroughly wash your fruits and veggies before juicing to get rid of any bacteria or chemicals that may be on the skin. It’s important to keep in mind that some fruits and veggies contain high amounts of pesticide residue than others, and that not everything can be washed off.  If juicing vegetables or fruits from the Dirty Dozen, try to buy organic. If you’re juicing vegetables or fruits from the Clean 15, which have little or no pesticide residue, you can save money buying conventional.

It’s also important to understand that juicing requires a large volume of vegetables and can provide more vitamins than eating a green salad. While a higher vitamin content may seem like a benefit, too much of some vitamins can have serious negative consequences. For example, green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach are high in vitamin K.  Large amounts of vitamin K are known to interfere with anti-blood clotting medication.6  If you have any health conditions or are on medication, you may want to check with your doctor before making juices a regular part of your diet to learn about other possible food and drug interactions.

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  • Juicing can be expensive. 

It’s important to remember that juicing requires large quantities of vegetables (it takes 6 to 8 large carrots to make 1 glass of juice) so the costs can add up even for homemade juices.

  • Juicing can have benefits, you’re consuming fruits and vegetables after-all.

If you are unable to consume fruits and vegetables in whole form or prefer juicing instead,  there are benefits to juicing. A study at Vanderbilt University in 2006 showed that those who drank 3 or more servings of fruit and vegetable juice each week were significantly less likely to develop signs of Alzheimer’s over 10 years than those who drank less than 1 serving per week. The reduction in Alzheimer’s risk may be due to high levels of polyphenols in fruit and vegetable juice, a type of antioxidant that is believed to protect the brain’s neurons and keep them from deteriorating.

A 20-year animal study at the University of Chicago found that celery juice may lower blood pressure.  A chemical in celery is shown to relax the muscles that line blood vessels.  The study concluded that you should consume about 4 stalks of celery per day to gain this benefit, so you might want to try getting it through juice.

Bottom Line

Juicing can be easy way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet or to add new fruits and veggies to your diet.  However, consume them whole for the ultimate health benefits. If you chose to juice, be sure to keep your calories, sugar, and fiber content in mind while exploring which veggie combinations you like best!

Resources

This article was modified from the original content posted on National Center for Health Research. 6 things you need to know about juicing your veggies. 

Juicing Health Risks and Benefits. 


 

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