What do Adkins, cabbage soup, hot sauce and peanut butter and jelly all have in common? Believe it or not they were all fad diets at one time or another. Among all the latest fad diets there’s one that really stands out as a healthy alternative to full meals, juicing. Juicing claims to help with a number of things including weight loss and even cleansing your system. Although it sounds like a really good alternative, make sure you’re aware of the potential health risks and benefits.
- Juicing is a great way to squeeze fruits and vegetables into your diet if you typically don’t like them.
- Juicing is a good way to use really over-ripe fruits and vegetables you wouldn’t normally eat – saving you money.
- There are certain nutrients that whole produce will give you that you can’t get from the juice, including fiber. The skin and the pulp of fruits and veggies are where the fiber and most of the vitamins and minerals are housed, and if you discard these parts, you’re throwing out the most beneficial portions of the produce.
- Juicers can be really expensive. They can range in price from $50 to as much as $400. That’s a lot of money to spend on one piece of kitchen equipment, especially when it serves only one purpose. A blender, on the other hand, can be used for a variety of foods but costs much less.
- Juice, no matter where it comes from, is a concentrated source of calories. This is especially true if you use more fruits than vegetables in your juices.
- The juice isn’t pasteurized, which could be a food-safety hazard. Be sure to wash your hands and all produce before preparing juice. Drink juice within one week, preferably on the same day that you make it. Also, wash the juicer with hot, soapy water after each use.
The Bottom Line
Freshly-prepared juice can certainly be incorporated into a healthy diet, but it is definitely not a miracle food that’s going to make you instantly skinny.
Additionally, be sure to always talk to your doctor before starting juicing in order to prevent potential drug and nutrient interactions.