juicing

The Pros and Cons of Juicing

Most people have heard about juicing as an excellent way to get some additional vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables to their diet. Juicing is extracting the juice from fresh fruits and veggies, which typically requires a machine or equipment. Most of the juicers chop up them into tiny pieces and separates the juice from the pulp or waste.  You can choose from a wide range of ingredients to combine, such as straight apple juice to combinations of all sorts of fruits and vegetables: dandelion, spinach, wheat grass, kale, cabbage, celery, cucumber, beet, lettuce, parsley, mango, papaya, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, cranberry, and apple. However is juicing right for you?

Pros of Juicing

  • Alternative to getting your daily allowances of nutrients;
  • It can certainly impact your lifespan and adapt to a healthier lifestyle, especially those who aren’t getting enough nutrients on a daily basis. It can help you remove toxins out of your body, prevent cancer and other diseases, and boost your immune system. Your body can also absorb nutrients much easier and helps you lose weight;
  • You may combine some fruits or vegetables that you don’t like as a small additional to the ones you love so you can consume it without even tasting them while gaining their nutrients;
  • When making juice, you may include ones who are about to spoil. That way, you save money in the long run and won’t waste them.

Cons of Juicing

  • Purchasing a juicer can be fairly expensive. The price of an excellent juicer varies, starting between €40- €200;
  • Healthy professionals claim that once the fruit or vegetable is cut, it can lose its fiber; therefore, it loses its nutritional value and may lead to foodborne illness due to raw foods harboring pathogens that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in worst cases cause kidney failure, hepatitis, or E.coli. Washing the fruits and vegetables will decrease your risk as well as washing your juicer thoroughly with soap and hot water once you finish;
  • They also claim that your body absorbs fructose sugar quicker with juicing than eating them whole;
  • Replacing one meal with a fruit or vegetable juice is fine. Although, it may cause more problems with juice dieting or fasts because you are losing valuable nutrients such as proteins or other nutrients from eating the food itself;
  • Adding more fruit will result in consuming more calories e.g. eating one medium sized fruit has roughly around 65 calories. In order to make a cup of fruit, you must add more than one, which will increase your sugar and caloric intake.

The Bottom Line

As you can see there are benefits as well as some cons to juicing, but everyone can agree that on average, we all are consuming much less than recommended daily allowance of fruits and veggies. So if you choose juicing as the best option for you, it can have a vital role to your health. Juicing once a day can benefit your overall health.

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