juicing worth itJuicing is an old practice that has been recently growing in popularity.  A friend of mine actually used juicing to drop from 300-280 pounds, without exercising.  Now I do not advocate being inactive, but this just shows the power of properly juicing… the key word here is properly.

This article will cover some of the misconceptions of juicing and will help to assist you in properly implementing this tactic to your life.

Is a 100% juice diet a good diet?

If some is good, more is better right?  Wrong! Dead wrong!

One popular juicing gimmick is the “all juice diet.”  This means a person will consume nothing but juice smoothies.  Many will market books on this idea or even try to sell you processed juice products.    Steer clear!

Consuming only juice is a great way to ruin your health.  Your diet will be lacking in many areas and you may even wind up consuming more calories and gain weight!  (more on this below)

Juice is easily digested and absorbed by the body because of it’s broken down, liquid state. This results in the calories becoming absorbed quickly and your stomach emptying fast.  This will lead to you becoming hungry more often.

If you consume real food, you will be hungry less often.  Because of these facts, juicing should be used as a supplement to your diet, not become your diet.

Is a Juicer or Blender Better?

For certain foods it may be a good idea to extract just the juice, but in general you will be better off with a blender.

This is why…

Most of the fiber and nutrients are located in the pulp of the food.  The juice alone does have some great nutritional value, but you do not get the full benefits of the food if you extract the pulp.

The pulp will also add some substance to your drink and will cause you to feel fuller longer.

If You Juice You Can’t Gain Weight They Said…. Is this True? 

I hear this from so many people, and the idea that you can’t gain weight on a juice diet is a complete myth.

In fact it is very easy to gain weight by juicing if you are not careful. Fruits and some vegetables have more calories than you may think and the sugars in those foods add up.

Here is an example…

2 cups of blueberries (Calories =170   Sugar= 30 gs)

1 Mango (Calories= 201   Sugar= 50 grams)

1 banana (Calories= 105   Sugar= 14 grams)

Totals: Calories= 476     Sugar= 94 grams

476 calories is equivalent to a decent sized meal.  You also would be consuming close to 100 grams of sugar in a single shake, and we have yet to add any vegetables!

So as you see, these calories can add up quickly.

To reduce the caloric density of the shake, try using more ice and make your shakes predominantly vegetables.

So What is Juicing Actually Good For?    

Juicing is a great way to introduce fruits and vegetables into your diet.  This is good because most people do not eat enough of these types of foods.  Making shakes and smoothies allows for easy, convenient consumption.

Juicing is also a great replacement for unhealthy snacks.  If you have a sweet tooth, juicing can help alleviate that.

Fruit and vegetable smoothies are also micro nutrient dense.  This helps you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at it’s best!

Just remember to utilize juicing as a supplement to your diet, don’t make it your entire diet!

For more on juicing, check out Ty’s YouTube Channel: Green Regimen!

Ty travels around the world and delivers awesome videos on culture and makes smoothies that reflect that culture.  I find his videos informative and very interesting.  I am sure you will as well!

Here is Ty’s latest video

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