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CUSH1932
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8/24/13 5:01 A

I prefer smoothies to get the whole fruit



EOWYN2424
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8/24/13 4:43 A

I think I'd rather eat whole fruits and veggies. Juices are delicious, but the cleaning up is no fun. More nutritious to just eat them whole and less trouble, I think!



EMPRESSAMQ
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8/24/13 3:41 A

I think juicing is great but just juice without the whole fruit or vegetable spikes my blood sugar so I make "whole juice" (aka green smoothies) in my Nutribullet.

I have had juicers and loved them, though.



NEWMEXICOPARROT
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8/23/13 11:55 P

I get more pleasure from chewing than drinking my food. I agree with the prev. responders that you lose some nutrients when you juice. Really...what is the point?



JANIEWWJD
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8/23/13 10:48 P

I've never done it. My doctor advices against it.



JUHISAXENA
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8/23/13 10:48 P

Juicing is great, just try to keep 80-20 ratio i.e. 80%vegetables and 20% fruits. If you like sweet juices, try adding beets in, they are sweet and juices are a nice bright red color and kids love the red mustache, while drinking it.



JIACOLO
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8/23/13 10:20 P

I have friends who do a juice detox regularly. I am not sure I would.



ETHELMERZ
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8/23/13 9:53 P

We used to buy juices at Java Juice, but they tasted awful, homemade isn't any better, unless you add ice cream, so we just don't do it, easier to count calories when you stick to real food. Unless you have a dental issue, or need to force feed kids who won't eat veggies already. How often do you do it matters, once a day, I wouldn't worry about sugars, but more often, you miss out on nutrients in the fiber itself. In the long run, you may tire of it anyway, so whatever, right?



SHERYLDS
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8/23/13 9:27 P

KBROOKS1017
I think your spinach carrot apple juice sounds great...I don't think you need to worry about sugar with that. If you juice with lots of fruits, then you might have an issue.

I think juicing is great for giving you lots of the nutrients from veggies (if you aren't a veggie lover)...but I think you lose the advantage of the all fiber and the fullness factor when you juice instead of eating the whole food. But for folks who won't eat veggies any other way...freggie juicing is better than nothing



GENRE009
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8/23/13 9:10 P

I feel like an authority on juicing. Just read on and you will see that I am just a person that rolls with the punches life deals me, or I create. I have allergies, low blood sugar, reflex, the list is endless. yet if I was to sit down with a doctor, I am healthier than most people! I have practically cured my self by reading, now it's 28 years of knowledge,and giving my health what it needs till I damage it again. Oh, I hope not. Love those pepsi, and twinkies in 8 years of college got low blood sugar! Broke out in rashes from eating excessive amount of cheese/ bleed from green tea,have allergies from excess. Acidic foods throw me into reflex. So, that's just part of me damaging myself in going thru life.
You want to know what you are doing to yourself by juicing the way you do! find my other comment to someone else about putting more than one fruit in it! You'll get diabetes. No real fiber in your diet, how about thyroid, or diverticulos, or bowel problems, or heart problems! If you are a picky eater, understand how you got that way, why? Do you have reactions to certain foods? O do you not know how to cook. Usually problems in heath in kids sometimes start with how their parents cook or feed. Sorry if I sound hard on you. Listen I'm not perfect. Even miss chewing gum, but my jaws wore down, and now when I stress out I grind my teeth. It seems all short cuts in cooking or eating damages us. Like I said I just roll with the punches! Wonder what my microwave is doing to my health? Hope you benefited from my opinions, and realized why I sound serious about this subject! If you realized the fire will burned you, would you still touch it?///////////////////////////////////////
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SLIMMERKIWI
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8/23/13 8:59 P

Juicing isn't bad per se, but you do lose some nutrients by doing it. With little children, I guess it isn't as bad in that they don't need anywhere near as much fibre as adults - generally they are about (I think) 5 grams plus 1 gram for every year of the age.

Unless you are diabetic, I wouldn't worry about the sugars from the fruit/veges because they are loaded with other important nutrients. The sugars you should be wary of are the processed ones.

There is a good way of juicing where you don't ditch the solids. Rather than using a juicer, use a machine (blenders and some processors can do this) that can pulverize it right down and add a little water.

Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/23/2013 (21:17)


GENRE009
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8/23/13 8:45 P

Be real careful with juicing more than one fruit at a meal! It will soar your blood sugar. It doesn't matter if it's as juicing or as added to a protein drink! I have both types of mixers. Vegetable juicing is ok, as long as you also get the fiber from the vegetables. You need it for you bowls. Almost feel like a real health nut or vegetarian compared to my friends. eva



LOUIE-LILY
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8/23/13 7:47 P

I used to juice, but stopped - you just lose too much of the benefits from the fiber and pulp. I have a protein smoothie every morning now - use a nutri bullet or blender and the kids will love it!



CIRANDELLA
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8/23/13 6:30 P

I see no need to juice my food. It's more satisfying to eat it, fiber and all.



QUEEN-EYDIE
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8/23/13 4:56 P

I think juicing and blending is great!

Edited by: QUEEN-EYDIE at: 8/23/2013 (20:29)


BERRY4
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8/23/13 4:42 P

It would be wise to vary the veggies & fruits if possible. Berries are always good for you. Include kale, beets, celery in the veggie category. -- A sprinkle of cinnamon could mask a few stronger flavors & it's good for you as well.

Juicing provides concentrated nutrition if done in moderation. Variety brings in more nutrition.
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DIDS70
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8/23/13 3:33 P

The sugars you get from juicing fresh veggies and fruit is not as much as if you bought the store juices. You will get an array of opinions, but I truly believe in juicing. I usually use my vitamix and a nut bag. You will get people who say you are losing a lot of fiber, but I freeze my fiber until I have enough and then add seeds and such to it and dehydrate it to make crackers or breads.
my raw food chef makes her kids juices every morning like you do and her kids are doing great. If that is a good way for you to get fruits and veggies in your child, i see no harm.



KBROOKS1017
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8/23/13 2:00 P

Hi everyone!! I'm somewhat of a newbie here and this is my first post. Just wondering what everyone's thought is on juicing? I started juicing quite a few months ago as a creative way to get my 2 year old to consume some fruits and vegetables every day. He's a picky little eater, just like myself, and this is just one way that I'm able to give him the good stuff without a fuss. My husband and I will also drink the juice every morning. I usually combine the following: 1 cup of baby spinach / 2 large carrots / 1-2 oranges / 2 apples. Recently, someone told me that I really should watch out for the sugar intake, which concerned me a bit, so I'm hoping for some insight! Any advice?

Thanks!! :)



 
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