Shoot me, go ahead because I’m one of the 1000s guilty of trying every diet out there and yes, I have given the whole ‘juicing’ craze ago. For me, it was a recipe for disaster, being a massive foody I rebelled and ate everything in my sight within 6 hours of starting and the thing is, it seems I’m not alone. When it comes to juicing it appears there are three types of us around… the detoxer, the snacker and the meal replacer.
We’ve all jumped onto a bandwagon for a health kick at some point or another and if you haven’t then tell me you’re secret because I’m a sucker for an advert. The thing is though with all this detox juicing around is it really all that good? I’ve done some research so you don’t have too… thank me later.
It’s not a secret that fruit and veggies are packed full with vitamins, minerals and whole bunch of fibre but the problem that has been found with juicing is that simply sucks the juice out of the fruit and veg and leaves the majority of the goodness behind. Say whaaaat? So that juice we all thought was full of vitamins and minerals… erm, well probably isn’t. Soz about that.
What’s more is that people tend to be scared of a ‘veg juice’ the thought of glugging down something bright green or even worse, brown, makes many of us gag so why would we put ourselves through it? Well, it’s because veggies have a lot fewer calories/carbs/sugar and more protein so all in all are actually better for you and more likely to help you lose weight… if that’s your aim of course.
Honestly, that brown stuff isn’t all that bad – the more you try something the more your taste buds get used to it. My body has got so used to me trying weird foods, it took a while but now it’s now kind of like ‘ oh christ here she goes, brace yourselves guys’ and my tastebuds just deal with it but…if you’re throwing up, it’s probably best to try a new blend. Try my everyday smoothie here.
The idea that juicing is a great detox is actually flawed. There is no scientific evidence that suggest that juices help with eliminating toxins from the body [sparkpeople.com]. In addition, yes, juicing will help you lose weight fast but how long can you keep that going for? What about your protein intake? What about the minerals you get from eating the whole fruit and veggies instead of just sucking the juice out of them? The sad thing as well is that, if you don’t have enough of the stuff and you’re constantly hungry, you could put yourself into starvation mode – the fat storing mode. Damn it.
I’m certainly not trying to tell you no to juices, they are great way to hydrate and a 1000x better alternative to fizzy drinks and squashes but what I am saying is maybe swapped your juicer for a blender. My Nutri bullet is my love, using it every day and the blades blend all the veggies and fruits together keep all the vitamins and minerals you need and is great for a quick snack not necessarily as a meal replacement. Keep an eye out for my Food diary that I will be posting next week to see where smoothies, not juices fit into my diet.