Juicing has been in the health world spotlight for the past few years: from controversial articles, to celebrity endorsements and trendy juice fasts. But what is the real deal with juicing? Is it really a quick fix to all of our health issues? Or is it totally unhealthy to take out solid foods from our diet?
In the case of juicing, to label it ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ is completely situational and personal. I believe this all depends on your current state of health, quality of the juice and all other dietary and lifestyle habits you practice. Most importantly, the amount of juice you’re drinking and what else you’re consuming.
Quality of the juice
Juicing involves the extraction of juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, using a type of juicer. The type of juice you’re drinking is really important, as many store bought juices contain added sugars and have little nutritional content because of the way they are processed. If you’re drinking juice, always aim for organic home made or freshly squeezed whenever possible. Here, I am only referring to fresh juice, with nothing added.
There are many benefits of the fresh juice you get from juicing. Some benefits of juicing include:
- Fast and easy absorption of essential nutrients
- An abundance of fruits and vegetables in one meal (or snack) that you may normally not get when eating foods in solid form
- Increased energy levels
- Boosted immune system
The reason juices are so popular is because of how easy it is to get an assortment of nutrients in one sitting. I know for myself, if I’m feeling sluggish or don’t have the option to eat a full healthy meal, I immediately look for an organic juice bar. They make me feel amazing and are delicious!
So, is juicing healthy? I definitely think juicing has tons of health benefits and I don’t think juicing is unhealthy! I will defend juices against critics because when consumed correctly they truly do provide your body with an abundance of nutrients. I get excited when I find a new juice bar and feel great drinking a fresh juice from home. Choosing a juice over a bag of chips or other processed snack will guaranteed be a better choice for your body.
Why Are People Hesitant About Juicing?
People love juicing because of the nutrients it provides, but it is controversial because of the high sugar content, lack of fiber and other benefits of solid foods. (visit here for a list of juicing myths debunked). While this may sometimes be true, in my opinion it is comparing apples to oranges. Having a juice vs eating a piece of fruit or vegetables is just a different choice of food and source of nutrition. Each benefit the body in different ways, and the most important thing is to find balance between both. Don’t rely on your juice to give you your daily fiber or protein intake. Instead, reap the benefits of the vitamins in the juice and get your fiber or protein from another food source.
I don’t advocate replacing all solid food with juice, or believe a 10 day juice fast is the healthiest solution. But, incorporating juices into your diet is a fantastic addition that will result in many benefits for your body! If you’ve ever felt confused about juicing before, my advice is don’t be scared of juices, but don’t live off of them either. As always, finding balance is key.