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Juicing: Is it healthy, or naw?

A quick Google search for “juicing recipes” turns up all sorts of beverages, with one beverage being seen for every ailment, from weight loss to hair growth.  Were this a couple hundred years ago, I would be concerned that some charming fellow was trying to sell me a bottle of piss, and that would make me shoot my six-shot better to keep the outlaws out of my town.  Probably some guy riding on some animal that wouldn’t survive well either, just to emphasize how shady he is.


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But here in the Wild West that is the internet, people are publishing their recipes for their juices.  Which makes losers like me who have nothing better to do than say swearwords while I bitch about food investigate this.  So, I propose the question, is juice GOOD for you?

My answer to my own question is:  maybe?  I mean, it’s all circumstantial.  Juice can be both good for you, and bad for you.  If you have a juicer, and you like to add whatever fruits and vegetables to it, I would say it can be healthy.  The juice would be rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, which are plant-based chemicals which are good for you.  This is a good thing.  Unless if maybe you are facing vitamin toxicity, but that’s another story.  However, the juice would be devoid of insoluble fiber, since you are taking the crunchy parts of the plant away.  If you do not like eating your produce, this is a good way to get these nutrients, provided you get fiber another way.

However, juicing also concentrates the Calories of all the fruits and vegetables, so juicing is not a Calorie-free experience, if you are into counting Calories.  Buying juice can also be unhealthy, since a lot of companies add other fruit juices to make it taste better, such as apple juice, which can add more Calories from sugar.  MayoClinic suggests juicing only one serving at a time, or buying pasteurized juice, to help reduce the chance of getting sick from bacteria that might grow in the beverage.

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So, for anyone who cares to respond, what is your opinion on juicing?  Is it something you do frequently, on occasion, or not at all, and why?

By The Nutrition Punk

I am a dietitian living in Portland, Oregon. I write about a variety of nutrition and heath topics, with the goal of improving people's understanding of food and nutrition so they may be empowered against all the misinformation that is out there.

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