While many health-conscious people have embraced juicing, it may not be the one-fix-all solution that it’s often built up to be. As with most quick-fix health crazes there are always a few downsides to consider.
Here are some factors to help you consider how to juice smarter or whether to do it at all.
1. Juices Can Be A Sugar Bomb
Most bottled juices have enough sugar to match with a can of Mountain Dew. It doesn’t matter if they’re organic and refrigerated or conventional and off the shelf. Juices made from fruit, as well as veggies like beets and carrots, have enough sugar to send you on a blood-sugar roller coaster.
2. Juice Isn’t The Best Source Of Fiber
Juiced fruits and veggies are virtually fiber-free as the good fiber gets left behind in the base of the juicer and tossed out. That’s a problem because fiber helps boost gut health and facilitates waste removal.
Ironically, even though juicing is thought of as a digestive aid, many people on juice cleanses actually often have a problem with constipation!
3. Juice Won’t Keep You Full
OK, so we now know that juice has a ton of sugar and not a lot of fiber. But it’s also missing fat and protein, both of which are key to feeling satiated. Without fat, protein, and fiber to fill your belly and signal to the brain that you’re done eating, you’re going to get mighty hungry, mighty fast.
4. Juice’s Nutrients Don’t Last Long
There really isn’t a very solid way of guaranteeing that nutrients in juice stay fresh. The “sell-by” date will certainly give you a clue, but it’s not going to tell you how potent the nutrients in the bottle still are.
Unfortunately, the nutrients that you hope to imbibe with every sip start degrading the moment they are exposed to light and air. In other words, if that drink has been sitting on your desk all afternoon, you may be getting far fewer antioxidants than you think.
5. Juicing Can Be Wasteful
It’s something to consider but taking an armload of food that could feed a small family and pulverizing it down to liquid form is quite wasteful. To be more prudent, you might want to consider eating the majority of your produce instead of juicing it.
Remember these are just factors to consider when deciding on juicing. There are still plenty of beneficial reasons to juice; however these are also good to keep in mind.