Juicing: Good for You or Just a Fad?

Juicing

Piling several servings of fruits and veggies into a single glass sounds like a great way to increase your produce intake, right?

In some ways, it can be. Many Americans don’t get enough produce in their diet, so juicing might help you consume more. In addition, juicing might encourage you to eat some nutrient-dense foods you don’t normally consume, such as kale or spinach.

What’s Missing from Your Juice?
While juicing can be a good addition to a balanced diet, it shouldn’t be the only way you consume fruits and veggies. One reason is because some juicers strip out fiber, and more than 90 percent of Americans fall short in their daily fiber intake. Fiber is important for lowering your cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, and diabetes risk, and can even help you lose weight.

Raise the (Juice) Bar
If you’re thinking about adding juicing to your daily diet, here are some things to consider:

  • Talk with your doctor if you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or kidney disease. There are certain nutrients you may need to limit, like carbohydrates or potassium, and you could unknowingly consume too many from juice.
  • Wash your fruits and veggies under running water to remove bacteria. You don’t need to use any other products, such as produce wash.
  • Drink smoothies. Similar to juicing, you can pack in lots of fruits and vegetables. However, using a blender keeps the fiber in your drink. You can also add other ingredients, such as yogurt, protein powder, and flaxseed, for even more vitamins and minerals.

Also, it’s important to read labels on store-bought juices. Many are packed with ingredients besides fruits and vegetables, such as added sugars.

While juicing gets a lot of attention, remember that you can never go wrong with eating whole fruits, and you can always pack lots of produce into a fresh garden salad.

Find more articles about eating well, along with some great recipes, here.