If you wanted to compare apples to apples, you should compare home juice to store juice. You're quite likely to find all the nutrition has been baked, boiled, and irradiated out of the store juice. Also, you'll find people using juicers have increased their intake of fresh fruit (granted, without some pulp) from what they were previously using, which is rarely taken to the point where it would be a bad thing.
I highly disagree with the premise made in this article. I have a cheap juicer. It cost less than $50 from Wal-Mart 20 yrs ago. I keep it really clean with an old toothbrush and larger brush and I dont care if the pulp goes in the trash. I use everything in season. My favorites are green beans and carrots and tomato and cranberries and apples and celery and grapes.and berries....strawberries and others. Its not a "cleansing" issue. For me and for you its an immediate absorption of nutrients thru your digestive system! No energy wasted digesting and chewing all that hard vegetable material. Im 62. My teeth cant take all that chewing anymore! And I dont like it! One glass of veggie juice is my lunch. It gives me all my vitamins in one glass. It costs about $2-3. Its worth it! So I recommend it to all ages it tastes great! And u will get a rush of energy lik u wouldnt believe. Im 62. Everyone thinks im 48! Check my photo! Keep juicing! Scott
5/9/2014 12:26:10 AM
Juice Fast , not true, you are receiving valuable protein, carbs and if you add avocado fats. Thus, juicing is not a fast. NON INFORMATIONAL
I have been juicing since I was a teenager ~ and it really does do all it claims to do, in my opinion. I feel so good when I've been on a juice fast. I just finished a 10 day fast, lost 16 lbs and feel wonderful and healthy. I have been on juice fasts for up to 21 days. :)
4/23/2014 3:48:41 PM
I love to juice as I have for years with the Jack La Lanne's Power Juicer - but incorporate Juice with well balanced meals and not as my only source of food . I have never used to jump start my loss and I do reserve the pulp that is collected for many different recipes - for example from carrots - high protein carrot muffins and so forth - anything that I cannot use right away I compost - great article !
4/23/2014 12:14:40 PM
I'm not a juicer, but I LOVE making smoothies! For me the increased fibre content and nutrients are a no-brainer in making smoothies far better. Besides, the thicker texture works better to fill my stomach and I add other things like plain yogurt, wheat germ, flax seed, cocoa powder, walnuts (No nut butters for me. I'm allergic to peanuts and cant stand the taste of other butters, unfortunately), avocado etc to add in protein, fats, etc. I love that I can make a full meal and sip it leisurely on my balcony or bring it with me on my walk to work or school.
I also find that a green smoothie in the morning is an easy way to wake my stomach up gently, but doesn't have too many sugars which can bother me.
Why not whole fruit smoothies or green smoothies instead of just juicing? I have a Vitamix & a friend has a Blendtec. I'm much more inclined to get 5-7 fruit & veggie servings in a day if I do most of 'em in one glass. :-)
According to the research I've found, juice might not have all the nutrients that the fruits and veggies have, but they absorb better and faster. Having had gastric bypass surgery, that has HUGE benefits. Getting natural vitamins and minerals is a lot healthier than taking engineered pills.
Juicing is amazing. I love the way it makes my body feel. DH's blood pressure and blood sugars normalized. I am loosing pounds. I feel more alert, energetic, healthier. You can't buy what you can make at home in a juicer.
I'm all for juicing. I found it a great way to get in a few servings of freggies in one sitting. With anything, do your research or simply check with your doctor before starting any new health or fitness journey.
I'm fortunate in that I love eating whole fruits and veggies. However, a good smoothie makes a great meal replacement when rushed for time or what have you. I have avoided juicing specifically due to the fiber issue - I already have trouble getting enough, I don't need to make it worse!
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