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Pros and cons of juicing

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Juicing is the latest fad du jour. It seems everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. I’m constantly asked if juicing is good or bad for you. And the answer is yes. There are benefits and disadvantages to be considered.

Pros:

Juices help provide an easy way to consume nutrients. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that help maintain good health. For people on the go that do not have the time to eat a balanced meal it provides important fruits and vegetables, and it is certainly a better choice than a deli muffin.

If you don’t enjoy eating vegetables it helps provides a way to get in the nutrients while sweetening the taste with fruits. Juices are great as a snack. Every now and then a juice is fine as meal replacement.

Cons:

Many fruits and vegetables go into making a juice, certainly you wouldn’t be able to eat all of them at once sitting. This makes juices high in calories with the majority coming from carbs, particularly from the natural sugar inherent in most fruits and vegetables. Most juices are sorely lacking in protein, a major nutrient that helps build and maintain muscles.

Juicing is not the equivalent of eating whole fruits and vegetables. The skin and pulp are where the majority of the vitamins and minerals are located. If you don’t get these you are losing most of the benefits, especially with the fiber. Fiber is what keeps one satiated and keeps the digestive system in working order.

Proponents claim that juices cleanse the body of toxins. In fact your body has everything it needs to get rid of compounds it doesn’t want - it’s called your liver and kidneys. If you stop consuming junk and eating well, your body will respond.

The bottom line is that there is nothing inherently bad with juices. They’re just not a miracle cure and not a substitute for a well-balanced meal. If you want to feel and look good, eat right and exercise – it works every time.

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