How Juicing Can Benefit You

How Juicing Can Benefit You

by: Kaitlin Mackay

If you are tired of hearing “Eat more fruits and vegetables!” you’re not alone. Fruits and vegetables should be a staple in everybody’s diet, but unfortunately, they aren’t. Good news is there are fun ways to increase intake. I’ve recently discovered juicing, and I’ll admit, I am borderline obsessed.

Why do people juice? Juicing is a great way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet and change up your eating habits! Honestly, I am a total freak when it comes to food preferences. I’ve been made fun of most of my life for my food choices. I have a fiery passion for vegetables! I love them raw, cooked, green, red, orange, you name it…I love it. So I understand if you think I’m crazy, don’t trust me, get bored, stop reading, or never try juicing. But let’s talk about why juicing has gotten popular…

Some of the Benefits of Juicing include:

  • assists weight loss or control
  • low-calorie, no added sugars or preservatives
  • boosts immune system
  • improves allergies
  • better nutrient absorption
  • aids in digestion
  • rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • can help control weight
  • increases energy levels
  • TASTES FANTASTIC!

Let’s focus on vegetables. They’re loaded with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and enzymes. They can fight cancer and aid in preventing it, and lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. They can support weight loss and help control blood sugar and diabetes. Eating fruit can help do the same, but fruits are loaded with natural sugars that elevate blood sugar, and they have a higher caloric value. Bottom line, we should eat more vegetables than fruits. Way more. This is especially important in juicing. It’s easy to get lost in the juicing process, and sugar can add up.

Most don’t enjoy eating vegetables raw, preferring them cooked, seasoned, dipped in dressing, or truthfully, not at all. Juicing is a perfect way to increase vegetable intake in a way that you can actually enjoy. It’s easier to hide vegetables in juice than one would expect. The other morning I juiced a cucumber, half an apple, cabbage (stealth mode), and after squeezing in some lemon juice, passed it on to my older brother who loved the “green apple juice”.  I’m taking my chances here hoping he never reads this article. =)

AND we’ve all heard how fluids make us more full than do solid foods. Trying to maintain or lose weight? Could you use more servings of vegetables in your diet? (Hint: answer is always yes) Hey, have you heard of juicing? It can help you do both!

Bottom line, almost everyone can use juicing to meet his or her specific nutrition/health goal AND in a way that is customized to their preference! If you’re interested in juicing, stay tuned for part II of How Juicing Can Benefit You, or check out this more detailed article. It’s got pretty much everything you need to know, especially things to be wary of and what to expect at the start of your juicing journey.

 

References:

Carole Jacobs, Chef Patrice Johnson, and Nicole Cormier. The Juicing Book: All You Need to Create Delicious Juices for Your Optimum Health. Adams Media, 2010.

Bowden, Johnny. The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why. Fair Winds Press, 2007.