Juicing is the procedure of extracting all the juice from vegetables and fruit using a juicing device. It can be an excellent way of quickly getting a serve or two of fresh produce if you’re normally not a big consumer of them. It is incredibly popular at the moment with a huge health stigma attached not to mention expensive if you’re not doing it yourself, but is it all worth it?
Juice consists of most of the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants existing in whole fruits and vegetables, however, it is extremely important to consume the juice straight after juicing as it can quickly establish possible harmful bacteria. The antioxidants and phytonutrients begin to break down almost immediately after they are exposed to oxygen and light.
If you’re anything like me, it just sounds like a lot of work and a lot of mess for a couple of serves of fresh produce that needs to be consumed immediately. A potential downside is that juice doesn’t satisfy like whole fruits and this makes it easier to drink the unnecessary calories from multiple pieces of fruit.
Unfortunately, the downsides continue… It’s important to remember that, because juicing removes the fibre from the fruit, your body absorbs fructose sugar more easily and this can really mess with your blood sugar levels. This sudden insulin rise can cause inflammation and increase the risk of cancer.
We all require fibre for our digestive systems to work optimally. We need that pulp that is usually thrown away after juicing for proper peristalsis (the waves of contraction of our intestinal muscles that move food through). Fruits also contain lots of natural pigments called flavonoids, these have been linked to health benefits such as cancer prevention and reducing the risk of heart disease. Flavonoids are found in the skin and pulp of fruit and vegetables, so juicing means that most of these are lost.
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