The juicing fad seems to come and go every now and then. We ain’t talking steroids here. Every once in a while a new juicer hits the Costco aisles and everyone starts to get all horny over the bloody thing. Promises to make you lose weight, cure disease, make babies, understand Kanye West. You name it.
Then there’s the latest self-help gurus bamboozling us with miraculous promises about a juice diet or juice cleanse! Kinda like this guy:
Geez….well juicing must work. All types of celebrities endorse it. It certainly can’t be the celery sticks, Tic Tac diet, personal trainers or cocaine that’s responsible for keeping them lean and camera ready. I don’t know about you but I’ve often wondered….is this juicing nonsense actually healthy for you? So I started to do something I don’t normally do…and that’s read.
Let’s Start with the Bad Stuff First.
The worst offenders can be found in your grocery store. Anything pre-made/pre-boxed like grape, apple and orange juice really suck. See fruit contains natural sugars already. Beverage companies take it up a notch. These assholes add in extra sugar to make their products taste better. This means you’ll like it more, essentially getting you hooked. Bastards!
“Hey this tastes awesome and it’s juice. It’s gotta be healthy right?”
Most fruit juices contain the same amount of sugar as pop. Here’s an example of 240 mL of Coke compared to 240 mL of Welch’s grape juice. Notice the sugar content……
What About Juicing at Home?
See although fruit contains a lot of sugar, fruit also contains a lot of fibre. The fibre content in the fruit allows it to get absorbed into your blood much slower when eaten. This makes your blood sugar rise a lot slower. As oppose to consuming a large quantity of fruit without the fibre, the sugar in the fruit goes directly to the liver (no passing GO, no collecting the $200 dollars) producing an instant hit (better known as a sugar rush). This makes your liver go into overdrive and has no choice but to turn all that sugar into fat.
Clear as mud? Well I’m a visual guy so here’s a quick video using a high fibre food such as almonds to show you what I mean:
Now here’s a quick video showing the difference between eating a dozen oranges and drinking a dozen:
Juicing Vegetables any Healthier?
Answer: It depends…..
When consuming vegetable juice (we’re talking freshly squeezed not V8 here) you will get a little bit of an insulin spike but nothing like you would if you consumed fruit juice. Drinking even the most sugary vegetables (think starchy vegetables) still won’t produce the same insulin spike or sugar rush that fruit will. Some of the healthiest nutrients and minerals in vegetables are found in their skin. When you’re peelin’ and slicin’ em to stick into your juicer, you’re taking away a lot of the benefits of eating that vegetable whole. But hey, if putting a carrot through a juicer gets someone consuming that instead of McDonalds, who am I to judge.
Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple said it best:
“A glass of fruit juice from your juicer is not several servings of fruit, anymore than a mug of beef broth is several servings of steak.”
See what I’m getting at here?
If you actually need to juice, I guess juice vegetables. Although it isn’t horrible for you it’s way healthier than consuming fruit juice. My opinion is to just keep things simple. Find the fruits and vegetables you like and eat them whenever you want. Viola!
Keep the blue side up.
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