There are many claims about the wonders of juicers on the news, TV, and even on the Internet.
Some say it is the secret to successful weight-loss while others say it lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, there are others that are saying that it actually is not that beneficial. So what is the truth?
The reality of the matter is that health benefits of juicers have not been studied in depth. There is a significant lack of scientific research that has been done to support these claims. So the “benefits” that people experience after they start using juicers may not be coming from using juicers. Instead, they might simply come from the increase of nutrients the body is receiving the fruits and vegetables in the juice rather than just juicing.
The Problem with Juicing
Fruits and vegetables have a lot of fiber which helps with digestion, gastrointestinal health and helps balance blood sugar. In fact, studies have shown that it is the fiber that prevents people from having their blood sugar spike. Unfortunately, when one uses a juicer on fruits or vegetables, they take away the fiber making it less healthy.
Using juicers to lose weight and stay healthy makes you miss out on the vitamins and minerals that are in the fruit’s skin. For example, a third of an apple’s nutrients are in its peel. By just using a juicer, you miss out on the vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that are in there. Not to mention all the fiber!
Also, if the freshly pressed juice is not consumed immediately, it may be prone to developing harmful bacteria. With this fact in mind, some may turn towards pasteurized forms of juice to supplement their daily intake. However, this may be counter-intuitive for people trying to lose weight orget nutrients from the juice. This is because heat pasteurization destroys both the bad and good bacteria in the juice. It even destroys the vitamins that are naturally in the juice. Some companies even add a lot of sugar and preservatives to the juice.
Although there are some juicers that claim to be able to squeeze more out of your fruits and vegetables, not all juicers can actually maximize 100% of the fruit.
So what does that mean for juicing?
Juicing is not bad. In fact, it is a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs especially if you do not like eating fruits or vegetables. However, relying only on juicers for weight-loss, health, and nutrition may not be the best choice for you. This is why many doctors and nutritionists claim that eating whole produce is better than simply trying to juice your way to success.
The Benefits of Whole Fruits and Vegetables
There are many benefits for individuals who choose eating whole fruits and vegetables over juice. One of the major benefits of eating whole fruits and vegetables is that they are able to consume the fiber in the plant. Fiber is a crucial element for those who are trying to lose weight or are trying to prevent developing health problems. Studies have shown that fiber is a key factor in helping the body slow down the absorption of sugar. This helps the body regulate blood sugar levels and prevents the development of diabetes. It also helps reduce bad cholesterol, blood pressure, and helps with gastrointestinal problems.
Eating whole fruits and vegetables give you a lot of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that will help nourish your body. You will also feel full if you eat whole fruits and vegetables than simply relying on juicing. This will help you stay on your diet and help you enjoy it!
So What Now?
Eating whole produce can give you way more benefits than simply trying to use juicers to bring out their contents. But wait, don’t throw out your juicer just yet. Juicers are still valuable tools for health and weight loss as they can help you create unique dishes. Only this time, instead of checking out the fiber and peels you should try to put them into your diet. Try integrating the fiber from your juicer into meals, soups, and desserts. That way you still get the nutrients from the entire plant. You might find that you enjoy eating both the fiber and the juice. This will help you lose weight, be healthy, and make dieting more fun.