To juice or not to juice, that is the question. Apparently, it shouldn’t be a question at all. Juicing is healthy and that has been substantiated by scientific research and study as well as by clinical data. However, is juicing absolutely safe or are there no disadvantages of juicing? Critics of juicing would have you believe that there are pros and cons of everything and that juicing is no different. But you have to know the facts.
Before delving into the juicing pros and cons, a few realities have to be highlighted. Vegetables and fruits are healthy. No matter how you consume veggies and fruits, you will benefit and you would be healthier. But you can always take into consideration certain flipsides that are not usually discussed or shed light upon.
Here are the juicing pros and cons.
1. Juicing allows people to consume more fruits and vegetables. The average American doesn’t eat as much veggies or fruits that is necessary or recommended. For a healthy adult, the minimum requirement is five servings of vegetables and at least three fruits. That is the daily requirement. Most people don’t even have two servings of vegetables and many don’t have any fruits at all. The focus on juicing has been consistent in the last few years because of this very reason. People are being urged to eat more fruits and veggies and if juicing is what gets everyone there, then there is nothing better.
2. For many people, juicing makes eating veggies and fruits more convenient and also a great deal of fun. It is not always possible to carry a bag of fruits. Besides, fruits and veggies are perishable. Storing a lot of fruits and veggies would require a giant sized refrigerator which is not always available or affordable. Juicing makes things simpler and easier. You can juice veggies or fruits and you can store them if you want. You can carry a bottle of juice to work or have it on the go. Eating fruits or veggies on the bus or train would not be a very pleasant sight. Besides, some people may object to the smell. With juices, there is no such problem. Open up the bottle and have a few sips anytime. This is actually a very healthy practice. It would assist in weight loss, one can snack on juices when one is hungry and there would be no nutrition deficiency in one’s diet.
3. Juicing makes more sense when you cannot eat a lot of fruits or veggies. You cannot possibly consume a lot of fruits when you are in a rush. You cannot make an elaborate meal with veggies when you don’t want to cook. Juicing is simple. It takes very little time. You can pile on a lot of fruits and veggies and prepare a healthy snack or meal for everyone at home or at work. Also, those who don’t like gorging on veggies and fruits can easily gulp down a glass and get all the nutrients that the healthy foods would have provided.
4. There is clinical data supporting the erstwhile idea that juicing actually offers more of the nutrients in veggies and fruits. It has been proven that the juice has more antioxidants than the fiber in fruits and veggies. In that sense, you are actually consuming the nutrition rich part of the veggies and fruits while discarding the useless or not so helpful parts. There is also a perspective that states juicing allows the body to absorb the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants faster than what would be the case with eating fruits and veggies. This however has not been proved till now.
5. Juicing works better for parents who have trouble to get their kids to eat fruits and veggies. As juices can be spiced up and certain flavors can be instilled, kids are more likely to love juices than eating fruits or veggies. In any case not everyone can cook elaborate meals with veggies and cannot have fruits thrown around whenever they want.
1. There are some disadvantages of juicing. One major concern is the world of smoothies. Many people spice up their juices with several kinds of flavors or additives. Cream, artificial flavors and sweet sauces are not to be added to juices. Juicing certain veggies may not make for a yummy drink and that is one reason why people opt for fancy smoothies but they are not healthy. Whenever you take creative and fancier turns to juicing, it becomes unhealthy.
2. A section of the scientific community believes that eating fruits and veggies is more nutritious because the human body is accustomed to chewed pieces of those foods and the digestive tract is more likely to absorb the nutrients better when the chunks are broken down and metabolized. However, there isn’t enough scientific or clinical data to prove this. One thing that can be proven is that chewing fruits and veggies is healthy for our oral hygiene and also for dental strength, something that is amiss with juicing.