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!
Unless I'm mistaken, this: 13.8 g 11.3 g comparison of apples to apple juice shows that there are LESS carbs in the juice than in the apple. Same for each of them. The article does not mirror the results on the table here.
I prefer to "eat" my veggies instead of drinking them - but then again, I am one of those crazy people who happen to loooooove veggies. Maybe I was a bunny in a past life? heh
I definitely agree though that juicing can very much help people who hate vegetables. My fiance is anti-veggie; he gags as he consumes them. I'll have to get him a bottle of juice, I think! (But the real stuff, not one of those shelf-stable kind)
i guess i dont techically JUICE, since i just use a little mini-blender, but i loveloveLOVE making homemade fruit juice. nothing gets lost or extracted, i just thrown in whatever fruit i feel like and blend. i was having watermelon-strawberry juice almost daily for awhile, which was about 3 servings of fruit that i could easily drink with lunch. if i feel like i want something heavier or creamier, i'll add some tofu or yogurt and make it a smoothie. or throw in some protein powder if i'm not quite meeting my goals for the day. delicious and filing if you do it right.
I use home-made fruit and veggie juice in my cooking. Usually fruit or carrot when a sweet taste is required in a dip, a dressing, or soup. And veggie juices, like tomato, celery, herbs, etc. for savory sauces for stews or soups.
I feel it is a much healthier choice than the salty or sugar laden broths, and sweeteners which are available. I'd much rather have my own avocado/orange dressing than something out of a bottle with questionable fats, and loaded with sodium.
I read comments that equate personal experience stacked up against scientific evaluation and give more weight to personal experience. Personal experience is not science it is anecdote and the plural of anecdote is not data. We are not objective in our evaluations and there are many confounding factors when we personally evaluate the results of our actions. The scientific method tries to eliminate as many of those confounding factors and look at measurable outcomes. "Feeling better" is not a measurable outcome, that is a subjective evaluation. If I eat a dozen cookies, I might feel better... but that doesn't mean it was beneficial for my health. Other confounding factors include the fact that when we move towards being healthier, we are making many changes. It is those many changes that are having positive effects.
The juicing craze is another example of a fad. It is a belief system that is not grounded in science.
I'll give you some "research based evidence". I am currently on day 55 of a 60 day fast and have never felt better in my life. The comments about my skin looking so healthy just don't stop. My nails are stronger, my hair is shinier, I'm light on my feet, which is expected with a 45 pound weight loss. Acid reflux is gone, dandruff is gone, blood pressure is back in the normal range. A cyst I had in my shoulder is gone. It's not meant to be something you do for the rest of your life, but it is a great kick start for some to head down a healthy path. I have a new love of fruits and vegetables that I just didn't have before. I am a firm believer that this has done nothing but add years to my life. Where were the naysayers when I was stuffing my face with hamburgers and fries? Nowhere. I'm more than proud of myself and the decision I made to juice fast.
I started juicing occasionally last summer. I have a varied work schedule since I work two jobs and many times it is just too hot to cook in the summer (or too late by the time I get home). I throw in a bunch of veggies from my garden and some fruit and drink away. It keeps me from either skipping a meal or eating junk/fast food when things get hot
4/24/2013 4:26:32 PM
Wrong, wrong, wrong. The point that was completely left out is that with a juicer my family is actually eating vegetables. before the juicer my kids ate NO veggies. Plus, they are getting more nutrients since we will juice more veggies. I totally disagree with the tome of this article. Since I stared juicing I have not gotten sick, and neither have my kids. My fridge is loaded with healthy fruits and veggies that would have remained untouched before I began juicing.
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