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Is Juicing Healthy?

Some people believe that juicing is just another dietary fad, but the truth is that juicing dates back a millennium. The Dead Sea Scrolls included writings from a tribe in Israel that mashed pomegranates and figs, which they believed gave them strength as well as healing properties.

Providing essential antioxidants and phytonutrients juicing may reduce your risk of cancer.

Juicing is also an effective way to improve gut health, and reduce inflammation.

And if you're someone who doesn't necessarily enjoy eating fruits and vegetables juicing can help get your daily amounts in.

The risks that come with juicing however, may outweigh the benefits. Let's go over some of those risks now.

  1. Loss of fiber: When you juice fruits and vegetables, you remove fiber. Without fiber your body will absorb the natural sugars more quickly, potentially leading to blood sugar spikes.

  2. Caloric intake: A single glass of juice contains the juices of numerous fruits and or vegetables, which can add up to a significant amount of calories, contributing to weight gain.

  3. Dental health: Frequent consumption of acidic juices (such as citrus) can erode tooth enamel over time.

  4. Lack of satiety: Drinking juice doesn't provide the same feeling of fullness as eating whole fruits and vegetables.

  5. Sustaining protein: Have a juice as a meal replacement and you miss the opportunity to get in protein. The macronutrient that preserves and builds lean muscle mass. Not to mention assisting us in losing weight.

If you want to live a healthy life and prevent chronic disease eat your fruits and vegetables whole versus juicing them.


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