Should I Avoid Juicing When Trying To Lose Weight?
One question that you may be asking yourself as you aim to start eating healthier is whether juicing is right for you.
Juicing is quite a hot trend right now with more and more people starting to incorporate it into their day.
But, like many things in life, just because some people are doing it doesn’t mean that it’s ideal for you to do as well.
This can definitely be the case with juicing.
Let’s go over some key facts that you’ll want to know.
What Is Juicing?
Juicing is a technique that consists of squeezing out the juice from a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, creating an easy to drink beverage that will help you get 2-3 servings of produce in at one time.
For those who struggle to eat healthy, it seems like a fast and effective option.
Plus, with so many different recipes out there, you might find that it’s more flavourful than just eating the produce plain as it comes.
If you dislike the taste of vegetables for example, by adding fruit into the mix, this could completely remedy that issue since you’ll now be adding an element of sweetness.
Is Juicing Healthy?
All in all, juicing is healthy. After all, no one will argue with the fact that fruits and vegetables are a healthy choice and will provide you with a number of key vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that you need on a day to day basis.
If you aren’t eating any fruits or vegetables in your diet, you’re missing out on important nutritional benefits and this could put you at a greater risk factor for long term disease.
The Problem With Juicing
This said, there are some problems with juicing to know about as well.
First, while the juice is healthy in terms of the nutrients it provides, it’s lacking one important thing that you would otherwise get from eating the produce whole – fibre.
When you juice fruits or vegetables, you are removing the outer layer of skin and flesh, which is where the fibre is mostly found.
It’s this fibre that helps to lower cholesterol levels, stabilise blood glucose levels, and keep you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period of time.
If you aren’t taking in that fibre, you’re losing half the benefits that juicing brings you.
Another big problem with juicing is the calorie density that it provides. This will especially be the case if you are using fruit in your juicing.
It’s quite easy for your otherwise ‘healthy juice’ recipe to come in at over 100 calories per large glass thanks to all the different fruits and vegetables you’ve added.
If you’ve only used vegetables then this won’t be nearly as big of an issue, but most people aren’t so keen on drinking just straight vegetable juice. Fruit is almost always added in.
So if weight control is your goal, adding plenty of fruit into your juices is not a smart move.
Finally, if you choose to use juice that’s already been prepared for you such as V8 or another brand, you’ll want to watch the sodium content those juices provide.
Most manufactures will add a hefty dose of sodium into their juice to help enhance the taste, especially when fruit is absent.
Too much sodium in your diet can put you at a greater risk for heart-health issues and increase blood pressure, so that too you’ll want to be avoiding.
These are some key facts to know and remember about juicing.
While it can be beneficial if you aren’t looking to lose weight or if you struggle to get your vegetables in, for the most part, you’ll want to instead be focusing on eating whole foods when possible.