Five Important Facts About Juicing, Plus One Fun Fact for Your Contemplation

Juicing: the act of extracting nutrient-rich juice from fresh-squeezed vegetables.


Fresh, locally grown veggies for juicing


This is the latest in a series of health-food crazes, but just how beneficial is juicing compared to eating your recommended daily intake of fresh vegetables? And, are there any disadvantages to drinking your vegetables?


Here are 5 facts about juicing that might help answer these questions:

 

  1. There is no scientific evidence that juicing your vegetables yields better results. However, if you are prone to skipping the required serving of vegetables at mealtimes, juicing will, at the very least, get more nutrient-rich vegetables into your system.
  2. According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy digestion-enriching fiber is juiced out of the vegetables during the juicing process (Nelson, 2014). Yes, you still get the vitamins and minerals from the vegetable juice, but since the pulp from the vegetables is filtered out, you are denying yourself an important benefit of consuming fresh vegetables: fiber. There are myriad ways to use the pulp from your fresh-squeezed vegetables, though. Check back next week for a list of suggested uses!
  3. To make the juice more palatable, many people add fruits to their fresh-squeezed vegetables. Be conscious of how many fruits you are adding, though, as this can spike your sugar and calorie in-take. Obviously, your best bet would be to juice vegetables only; however, if your palate will not tolerate 100% veggies, adding one crisp apple or a small handful of berries will help appease your palate without overloading your juice with calories.
  4. Juice only the amount of fresh vegetables you plan to drink in one sitting, as “fresh squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful bacteria” (Nelson, 2014). The purpose of juicing is to add the recommended daily allowance of fresh produce to your diet. If you are drinking vegetables you juiced yesterday, they are no longer “fresh”.
  5. Consuming vegetables that are juiced tends to be easier on your stomach and digestive tract because the body can more easily digest liquids. As many of you who have tried juice cleanses know, though, you are often left feeling hungry, so a balance of juiced and whole foods might be best.
  6. Here’s a bonus fact: Regardless of the questionable stares and blatant comments you might encounter, you can top off your fresh squeezed juice with whipped cream! Adding whipped cream to your juice doesn’t take away any of the vital nutrients, but it does make the drink more festive and fun! You can also blend fresh-squeezed vegetable juice into a smoothie for the younger palate :-)

 

Fresh Squeezed Juice


Have you been wanting to try this latest health craze but don’t have the time or equipment to juice your own vegetables? Give one of our fresh-squeezed juices a try on your next visit to Red Dirt! Check out our drink menu and phone your order in!


Already a juicer? Share your favorite recipes and vegetable combinations in the comments below.


Sources:


Nelson, J. (2014). “Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?” Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/juicing/faq-20058020

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