WRITTEN BY MEG EDITED BY STEPHANIE SEAROR, MS, RD, LDN
As more people are hopping on the juicing bandwagon because of its supposed health benefits, there are myths that need to be addressed. Here are the most common myths about juicing and the facts behind all the fiction.
Many people get into juicing to shed a few pounds quickly. But this diet is just a temporary reduction in calorie intake. Although it can lead to short term weight loss. The pounds you shed usually come back as soon as you finish your detox.
It is good for weight loss
Some people believe that juicing is better than consuming fruits whole because the fiber is removed thereby making the nutrients easily absorbed. But, the fact is that there is no scientific evidence that consuming your fruits as juice is more beneficial than consuming them whole.
It makes digestion easier
Many juice recipes pack a lot of antioxidants. While there is some evidence these antioxidants may help reduce the risk of certain cancers. There has been no evidence that they cure existing cancers. Additionally, antioxidants are usually better consumed from whole fruits than juices.
It cures or prevents cancer
It helps with irritable bowel syndrome
The theory here is that the reduction in fiber may promote bowel rest, and therefore ease IBS symptoms. That said, there is no scientific research to support this. In fact, the process of juicing reduces the magnesium content of the fruits, which helps soften the stool.
IT PROMOTES CLEAR SKIN
Juices may appear to reduce pimples and other skin issues, but this is just primarily because of the shift from unhealthy foods to better quality foods. If you don’t juice the fruits and just eat them whole, the results will be much the same.
IT PROVIDES ENERGY
Many juicing fans claim that drinking juice can spare energy that the body normally uses to breakdown the fruits when they are ingested whole. But, the reality is that juicing can actually lead to a loss of energy, especially when it involves an extreme juice diet. There is a greater hit as you deplete the glycogen stores in your body.
Many believe that limiting yourself to a juice diet will help your body release toxin buildup and leave it with only with natural and healthy nutrients. But the truth is that the body already detoxifies itself regardless of what you eat or drink. There is no proof that a juice diet speeds up this process.
Although the juicing industry is ripe with false claims. Juice is note evil. Freshly-pressed juice has vitamins and minerals that supplement your diet. That said, the quality of your juice matters. Choose right and they are great addition to a healthy diet.
Remember, juicing is also not without risks. Most Fruit juices contain fructose, which can lead to a blood sugar spike for those with type 2 diabetes.
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