Most of the trendy fad diets that burst onto the scene tend to fade away within a year or two, but that hasn’t been the case with the craze that was, and still is, juicing. Before I go on, I must admit that while I was initially skeptical about the whole concept of consuming juice to “detox,” I eventually found myself feeling better after adding one or two green juices into my daily routine. I felt more energized and alert, especially since I wasn’t being weighed down by unhealthy sugary snacks instead. Still, it’s important to acknowledge the downside to every dieting plan, and juicing is no exception.
Let’s get the most basic draw to juicing out of the way: It’s an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Many people cite their busy and hectic schedules as a main reason why they don’t have the time or energy to prepare healthy and nutritious meals. By adding juices to your diet, you can consume a variety of super healthy ingredients in a portable container. You can reap the benefits that come with consuming foods such as spinach, kale, apples, and ginger during your commute to and from work, in between meetings, and while working at your desk. Juices are a convenient and surprisingly tasty way to get important nutrients and minerals into your diet.
The Not So Good
One of the top reasons why some nutritionists recommend avoiding juicing is because the process strips the ingredients of its natural fiber. Fiber is a key nutrient which helps keep your blood sugar levels stable, which can nuetralize your mood and keep you from getting tired or irritable a few hours after eating. Unfortunately, the classic juicing process does tend to eliminate the fiber content of fresh produce, not to mention juice provides little to no protein. It’s for this reason you shouldn’t rely on a “juice cleanse” to replace meals, ever.
Juices are best used as supplementary food sources, but they should be consumed alongside hearty, nutritious solid meals with plenty of fiber and protein. You can always consider making your own juices at home and adding ingredients such as protein powder, bananas, or chia seeds for a boost in nutritional content and value. Just remember to maintain a well-balanced dietary plan every day, and you should notice the benefits a healthy diet will bring you.
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