Juicing which simply means the process of extracting the juice from a fruit or vegetable has become popularly known as the best way to consume fruits and vegetables to derive the optimum natural goodness of fruits and vegetables. In fact, juicing has become the latest health craze with many people stocking their kitchen with a home juicer. Even dieters who are aiming to be in shape as they cleanse their body system are advocating this process. It’s time to find out which among these and many more health claims of juicing are valid.
Easy consumption of fruits and vegetables
It is incontestable the fact that juicing fruits and vegetables is an easier way of consuming a healthy dose of vegetables and fruits especially in no time, but not necessarily the entirety of the nutrients you can get from fruits and vegetables can be accessed by the body by juicing them. I’m talking about fibre. In the juice squeezed out of these fruits and vegetables you will definitely get the major and the most desired nutrients in fruits and vegetables such as the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. But in most cases, in the process of extracting the juice of your fruits and vegetables with a juicer you tend to lose greatly from the fibre found in fruits and vegetables which carries out valuable functions in the body contributing to your overall healthy lifestyle – improving the heart and digestive health and adding to satiety.
I’m not saying that juicing your fruits and vegetables is not an easier option to take in a bounty of them as well as their nutrients but all that is evident is that not all the nutrients of these fruits and vegetables can be accessed by the body this way – the fibre which is a vital nutrient found in fruits and vegetables are least likely to be taken alongside other fruit and vegetable nutrients into the body.
Better Nutrient absorption
As for the claim that fruit and vegetable juice helps the body absorb more nutrients; studies will speak better. A study found that compared to fresh mangos and papayas, people absorbed well one of the major nutrients in mangos and papayas, carotenoids when they consumed the mango and papaya juice instead. Yet, another study of fresh carrots versus carrot juice found a difference, though little, between the absorption of carotenoids.
According to Medical News Daily, “The creators of many juicing plans market the ability of their juices to flush toxins from the body, although they rarely specify which toxins the juices remove.” However, it is only partially true that juicing fruits and vegetables can help cleanse the body of toxins. In like manner, it is equally fine to go juice cleanse on a short term basis, at most a day. It not a great idea to go juice cleanse on a longer-term basis because the body will lack important nutrients such as proteins and fat during this exercise.
Why look for a better way to clean out the toxins in your body when your body itself is equipped to best handle it with organs like liver and kidney whose work is to cleanse your system? If you want to speed up the process, drink plenty of water and eat fresh foods to back them up.
The Pros and Cons
As the saying goes, anything that has advantages has disadvantages. And the same goes for juicing vegetables. While you successfully consume a larger quantity of fruits and vegetables in juice form than you would eating them fresh in a sitting, you will also get more sugar and calories. Assuming that the body gets the fibre which helps to slow the absorption of that sugar found in fruits and vegetables when consumed in juice form, it would have been fair, but it doesn’t.
Thus, there are two options to minimize the amount of sugar you get. You can either choose to stick to a 4-ounces serving of fruit juice which is equivalent to a serving of whole fruit or drink majorly vegetable juice. If the later seems better for you, there are delicious low-sugar vegetables—such as kale, cucumber, and celery—juices you will love.
A better health drink
Fresh fruits and vegetables juices have also been propelled to be a better health drink compared to the popular bottled juice we find in stores. The simple truth is that fresh juices are only richer in vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional compounds like enzymes and flavoniods than the canned or bottled juices. However, bottled juices are usually treated through the process of pasteurization to kill pathogenic organisms or harmful bacteria. In this process, some nutrients, though not all, in the juice are degraded. More so, since bottled juices are mostly stored; they are more liable to lose nutrients.
In all, whole fruits and vegetables should not be ruled out of one’s daily diet especially for that fibre. Juicing is basically an easier option to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.