Is juicing really that good for you?

Surely the only option is to buy the newest and most expensive juicing machines, throwing in everything from an apple to celery. If we start replacing meals with a glass of juice, will we be a healthy nation? Not necessarily.

So how healthy is the trend?

The juice diet can promote healthy glowing skin, weight loss and improved well-being. This is a diet that helps to cleanse and detox the body. However, it is not a permanent change and more of a quick temporary cheat for an occasion or to boost the body after a holiday binge.

To join the juicing bandwagon, you do not need to replace all solid foods with a green juice. It can be adopted into your daily routine, a part of your breakfast or mid meal snack. The juice can act as a supplement to our diets, allowing the consumer to increase their fruit and vegetable intake. An easy way to reach the recommended five-a-day.

As a population, our antioxidant intake has decreased, despite living a more stressful life and technically, requiring more antioxidants than in the past. While the Government recommend five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, active people should be aiming for a minimum of eight. The excuse is that we cannot eat that many on a daily basis, possibly due to time and the increasing cost of fruit and vegetables. This is where juicing can be helpful.

But how can fresh juice be bad?

It is believed that juicing does not contain the fibre benefits that solid foods offered, increasing only the intake of natural sugars, which is not healthy. Drinking only juice can be damaging, as the fibre intake will not be reaching the recommended dose.

If you are thinking about juicing, make sure you remember to have the fibre your body needs.

Whole fruit and vegetables are better than juice in terms of the benefits they offer. However, the human race continues to change the state of food products, olives to olive oil, for example. Drinking concentrated orange juice most likely does have additives, so you will be taking in a lot more sugar. If you want to know what goes into your juice, make it yourself.

Juice cleanses and diets can help you lose weight, but not always in a healthy way. Following a juice cleanse for a day or two may aid in a quick, small loss, but missing meals long-term will leave you with a deficit and an unhealthy diet. Replacing a chocolate bar or a second serving of dinner with a healthy, mixture of vegetables and fruits will be the healthy alternative, it can teach the mind to alter cravings. If you are thinking of giving juicing a try, make sure to include plenty of fresh, organic vegetables topped with berries.

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Written by Ellen Hoggard

Ellen is the Content Manager for Memiah and writer for Nutritionist Resource and Happiful magazine.

Written by Ellen Hoggard

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