Juicing is one of the most popular health trends around with health magazines, websites and professionals all touting the benefits of juicing. While it’s true that juicing definitely has a positive effect on your health, it’s not the magic drink that some people would have you believe. In this article I’m going to be looking beyond the hype of juicing and listing some of the main things you’ll want to consider before you get started.
1) Juices Don’t Contain Fiber
One of the main drawbacks of juicing is that you lose the fiber that you’d otherwise consume if you ate the fruits and vegetables whole. Fiber keeps your bowels healthy by supporting regular bowel movements and removing waste products from your digestive tract. It also reduces your heart disease risk, protects against cancer and helps your body regulate its blood glucose levels. By juicing, you miss out on these numerous health benefits.
2) Fruit Juices Are High In Sugar
Fruits are mainly comprised of fructose, fiber and water. Juicing removes the fiber and leaves you with a relatively high calorie mix of fructose and water. While you can reduce the calorie content of your juices by adding in vegetable juice and one glass of fruit juice per day isn’t going to have a noticeable impact on your weight loss success, it’s still something to be aware of.
3) Juicing Is Expensive
If you want to get the most nutritional value when juicing, you need to buy organic fruits and vegetables which are more expensive than their non-organic counterparts. In addition to this, you need to buy these organic fruits and vegetables in quantities large enough to produce sufficient juice. If you’re juicing on a daily basis, this can add up to quite a substantial cost and if you’re on a budget, it’s something to bear in mind.
4) Juicing Is Time Consuming
One final thing to be aware of before you start juicing is that it is time consuming if you’re doing it regularly. It takes around 15 minutes to make two glasses of juice and clean the juicer, so if you’re planning to juice high volumes daily this can add up to a significant daily time commitment.
I hope this article’s given you a more balanced view of juicing. While it’s undoubtedly a fantastic source of nutrients and can boost your health in countless ways, you need to be aware of the facts listed above before you get started. As long as none of them are a deal breaker for you, you’ll love juicing.