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The Truth About Juicing and Your Health

To Juice or Not to Juice;That is the Question


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    I'm on a HFLC way of eating and I decided to try drinking a spinach kale Parsley juice in the mornings, funny it make me hungry half way through the day. Normally I have a FAT COFFEE and only feel hungry around Seven in the evening , the three days I had the juice I was starving around lunch time! I suppose it's the carbs. I'm not going to repeat it, I prefer to eat my veggies.
    I tried juicing. It was not only expensive, it was labor-intensive and I got only a small amount of juice via otherwise completely destroying perfectly good fruit. Then I had to clean up--another really big job! I'm sure I burned some significant calories in the process, but after a couple of weeks I gave the juicer to my sister-in-law who learned the same thing by experience. Go for it if you like it! But it was way not worth it for me...
  • Check your chart again. It clearly shows that whole fruits and vegetable are HIGHER in carbs. Which only makes sense since all the fiber is still there.
  • I'm a Type 2 Diabetic, I don't ever drink juice, I was told not to ever drink juices. If I want to make a smoothie, I can make it in my blender. If my sugar drops lower than 70 or even
    50 then I'll eat Peanut Butter.
  • Great article. I think that eating the fruit or vegetable whole is the way to go.
    There is benefit to chewing your food. Your digestion begins in the mouth! And you bypass that with juicing.
  • Thank you so much for this combination of research and common sense. I'm losing weight just fine on the SparkPeople Diabetic Menu, with whole foods. It is increasing my consumption of vegetables and fruits in a convenient way (easier to pack for work) and is training me in new life habits that will be possible to maintain wherever I am.

    I was on an all-liquid diet years ago and did not learn the practical strategies I'm learning now.
  • I've been juicing heavily for nearly a year. I have lost weight, lowered my cholesterol into the 'normal' range, and the pain in my joints is greatly diminished. I've done 30 days of pure juice, then 4 15-day pure juice, and am currently on Day 3 of an 18-day juice. I could never eat the quantity of produce (minimum 80% veg / max 20% fruit) that I juice, but I am flooding my body with the goodness of these micronutrients. I recommend that anyone who wants to see what juicing can do watch 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead' 1 and 2 and 'Super Juice Me'. You'll learn a lot about juicing and what it can (and will) do for you. There are several Facebook groups offering support for juicers.
  • I'm a skeptic when it comes to "fads" like juicing (where you get a lot of conflicting information), but I did a 3-day juice fast once - found it filling, and I felt fabulous! I don't think of it as a long-term weight-loss solution for me; just doesn't fit into my lifestyle. And man, that juicer is a pain to clean when you don't have a dishwasher!

    Unfortunately you lose me when you say "whole fruits have less carbs than juice" but your table completely contradicts that statement.
  • I avoid drinking calories at all costs.
    However, when embarking on a fast I prefer a protein shake to juice as it's more filling.
    Want more fruits and vegetables? Eat them, so that you get all the fiber.
    I am confused. Your statement that, "Whole fruits are lower in there carbs than juices" seems to be completely contradicted by the figures displayed in the table on the same webpage. Can you please help clarify this statement for me?
  • While juicing, we remove fibers from fruits, which are helpful for digestion system.It is always suggested to have whole fruits instead of juicing.
  • We incorporate juicing, but it's not by any means a major part of our diet. For one thing, I am pre-diabetic, so I need to be careful about my sugars. (Yes, even veggie juices can be high in sugars, and we need the fiber to balance that out.)

    We keep our pulp,and I use it in soups and sauces later on. It may or may not affect the flavor of the foods we add it to, but it DOES add fiber!

    We are also both experimenting with raw foods, and adding in juice here and there helps with that. Raw is not easy when you are first starting out, so juicing is a nice, familiar way to work in more raw foods and push out more cooked foods.

    It all comes down to knowing your body, knowing your health issues and what medications you are taking, and using common sense.3

    Jen M, Maryland
  • I have been juicing for months now and the results have been amazing. Anyone who says it's bad for you needs to look into more. How come consuming more fruits and vegetables is a bad thing? Just stay away from processed foods. Yes it would be wonderful to be able to eat all the fruits and vegetables however me eating, 4 stalks of celery, 4 apples, 3 carrots, a bunch of kale, handful of spinach, 1 cucumber, 4 oranges, 4 kiwi, 2 thumb size of ginger, a handful of parsley, 2 mango's, just doesn't seem possible to do in a matter of minutes. I consume this within 20 minutes of juicing twice a day. Then I eat a whole plant based meal for my other meal. I feel full and have stopped counting calories. I measure how I feel. All the nutrients that are in each one of these are quickly consumed into my body because I'm getting in my body in a manner in which it needs. The above food is just what I juice. and as far as the cost goes, it's saving me money. I no longer eat meat, (just my choice) and I do not eat out, and do not buy processed food including cheese etc. Where the big savings is my health, I'm not missing work due to illness, I sleep better therefore I am more alert during the day. I am happier to be around. I do not need to buy pain medication to try remove pain caused by another chemical. My skin has cleared up, my sore back that use to prevent me from walking is now gone.
    Funny how we need to consult a doctor before we eat better... Live life to the fullest, do what makes you feel good. No one ever should tell you what not to do. Anyone who is telling you not to do something just means they have gone to school to learn something someone else found out first. You know you're body the best, learn to listen to it.
  • LOLA5021
    I just got the nutribullit and it pulverizes everything. I cannot decide on a good morning shake for energy. Does anyone know of a good one for energy?
    As long as I have teeth, I'll stick to eating the fruit and vegetables, thanks just the same. Waste of time, for one thing. Waste of the fruit and vegetable pulp, too. Ok if you are sick and can't eat.

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