Juicing—extracting the juice of fruits and vegetables with a machine so they can be consumed in liquid form—is a popular trend. But is drinking your nutrition as good as chewing it?
- Juices provide most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals found in whole fruits and vegetables.
- Juice makes a delicious, healthy snack or meal replacement.
- It's an easy way to boost the amount of fruits and veggies you consume in a day.
- A juicing machine leaves nutrient-rich and fiber-rich skin and pulp behind. Without the fruit fiber, your body absorbs the fructose sugar more easily, which can upset blood sugar levels.
- Juice made with fruit has a high calorie count. Vegetable juices have significantly fewer calories.
- Juicing can be expensive. It takes a lot of fruits and vegetables to make drinks, and organic produce boosts the cost even more.
Juicing has become more and more popular to periodically cleanse your system. We live in a very toxic society. We breathe polluted air every day, which contains chemicals such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. In addition, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has reported that there are nearly 900 poisonous chemicals in cosmetics and skincare products, and these chemicals are absorbed through our skin and into our body. We also use toxic cleaning supplies, eat food that is full of dangerous preservatives, and drink chlorinated water. This creates such a load on our bodies that our natural defense mechanisms are overwhelmed, and we cannot eliminate the toxins. A study done at Cornell University found that almost all Americans have at least 116 dangerous chemicals in their bodies.
Some ingredients to consider when cleansing are fresh-squeezed lemon juice, Grade B maple syrup, and cayenne. Lemon juice is high in vitamin C, kills bacteria, and helps dissolve gallstones and kidney stones. Grade B maple syrup contains over 15 important nutrients, including potassium, iron, vitamin A, and several B vitamins. It also has 100 calories in every two tablespoons, so it helps stave off hunger and gives you a sweet taste. Finally, cayenne has been called the most powerful herb in the world. It is such a strong blood regulator that it can reverse the symptoms of a heart attack, and it also breaks up mucus and cleanses the body.
If you are just looking to try juicing to improve your health then consider these ingredients:
Carrots - Carrots are one of least expensive, high yield veggies that taste great and are high in nutrition. It makes a great filler juice for many juice recipes and the sweetness helps offset bitterer tasting produce you might want to juice like most greens.
Cucumbers - Cucumbers make a great base for almost all recipes as they have a more neutral taste and are a favorite in many alkalizing green juicing recipes. It’s also a popular weight loss recipe favorite as its low in calories.
Tomatoes - Tomatoes are a great way to add low calorie sweetness to most juice recipes and are also great high yield veggies. Depending on whom you ask, technically tomatoes are considered a fruit until they are processed like in a juicer or cooking, but for their savory goodness, we are putting them on our top veggie list.