10 Reasons Juicing Might Not Be A Good Decision
Juicing is the liquefying of fruits and vegetables and drinking them as a main component of your diet. Commonly, people juice 3-5 times a week as opposed to eating a proper diet that day. This food trend has been a wildly popular method for dieting and adding essential components to diets. To many, it seems like a healthy and fast way to lose weight or start a cleanse.
After all, fruit and vegetables are really healthy for you, right? Well, as whole foods they are, but if you only focus on juicing, then you may find there is more to it. There are major health implications that many fail to realize before they start this trend. But what are these risks? What should you keep in mind as you consider juicing? Here are 10 reasons as to why juicing might not be a good decision for you:
1. Juicing based diets leave you hungry
Juice does not equal solid food. Juicing is a liquid-based diet. As such, your body is well hydrated by this diet, as you are providing it with plenty of hydration. The problem lies in feeling full. In most cases, juicing will not leave you feeling content and you will still feel hungry despite having a full bottle of juice. This is because of how our bodies process food. Because juice is mostly liquid based, your body isn’t going to process it like it would a solid apple or banana. As a result, you feel hungry. (Hurley, 2017)
2. Juicing based diets don’t provide the necessary protein for your body
Fruits provide various health benefits to eating them in a well-balanced diet–but that’s the key: a well-balanced diet. Juicing is not a well-balanced diet, and while some vegetables can provide decent amounts of protein, like spinach and kale, they do not provide enough protein for your body. Protein, commonly found in eggs, chicken, and cheese, is neglected in a juicing diet and your body does not receive enough of it. This can affect your muscles and metabolism. Protein helps to keep your metabolism moving, so without it, you will slow down your metabolism. (Hurly, 2013)
3. Juicing doesn’t actually detox your body
This is one of the biggest misconceptions with a juicing diet. Many advocates claim it is a great way to cleanse the body of the terrible toxins that normal diets fill the body with. The misconception here: your body does that without help. Why do you think that you have survived so long despite the numerous days where you had greasy, fatty burgers from fast food? It’s because your body is designed to remove the harmful toxins put into it. That’s what your liver and kidneys are designed to do. Juicing in no way shape or form is necessary to detoxify your body. Your body will do so naturally and without you urging it to do so. (Hurly, 2017)
4. Juicing is not a magical weight loss solution
Another major myth about juicing, many sources claim it will help you lose weight quick, easy and safe! Well, this is a blatant lie. First, juicing doesn’t boost your metabolism, which is what is responsible for helping to burn fat. Second, as stated above, it doesn’t provide enough protein in your diet, which actually does boost your metabolism. Finally, it is not some miracle cure that burns fat if you drink it. Healthy diet and exercise burn fat. Juicing? Not so much. If it seems too good to be true, there is likely a very good reason for that: it is too good to be true. (Waldman, 2013)
5. Juicing can cause your diet to be high in sugar
Fruits are very high in sugar. Alone, this is fine in moderation. However, if you mainly get your nutrition from fruit-based juicing, you will find yourself taking in way more sugar than necessary. High sugar diets have been linked to obesity and various other health risks. So, juicing can cause even more trouble if you aren’t careful. This high sugar intake can negatively affect your body and is another reason as to why juicing can be a bad addition to your diet. (Waldman, 2013)
6. Juicing doesn’t provide the necessary fiber
In a well-balanced diet, fiber helps to keep your digestive system regular and is part of what makes you feel full. As stated above, a juicing diet will not give you a satisfied feeling and fiber is the reason for that. When you juice fruits and vegetables, the whole fruit left behind is what contains the necessary fiber for your diet. As a result, the fiber provided in the fruit is left out. Juicing causes you to lose important health benefits of the fruit and vegetables you are juicing. (G. Penner, 2018)
7. Juicing provides more vitamins than necessary for a healthy diet
Another misconception about the juicing diet is that the vitamins it provides are majorly beneficial for your body. While it is true that vitamins provide a lot of health benefits, your body only needs a limited amount of vitamins per day. So those excess vitamins you’re juicing for? Your body will simply filter them out. Getting extra vitamins from fruit and vegetable juice is actually more expensive than just buying vitamin supplements and using those for the required vitamin intake of your body. If you’re juicing for vitamins, then consider taking supplements or consulting a doctor instead. (Hurly, 2017)
8. Juicing allows a more rapid digestion of sugar than necessary
As stated above, sugar is heavily integrated into a juicing diet. Not only is sugar not good for you in large quantities, but it is also better to digest sugar slowly. However, due to the liquid form of the juice, the body processes it much faster than solid food. As a result, sugar is rapidly digested which can cause a major blood sugar spike. This blood sugar spike can send your body into a hormonal panic that can cause major issues for your body and digestive system. (Waldman, 2013)
9. Juicing doesn’t provide the required calorie intake of average adults
An average adult needs at least 2,000 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight. Normal caloric based diets recommend 1,500 to 1,750 calories per day or more depending on your physical activity. A juicing diet, however, only provides about 1,000 calories per day. For almost every adult, this is far fewer calories than the body requires per day. This can lead to malnutrition which can lead to various health issues. Without the necessary calories, you can send your body into a state of metabolic panic. (Waldman, 2013)
10. Juicing can negatively affect your body’s ability to filter out toxins
Juicing is claimed to be a detox, however, there’s evidence to suggest that juicing can actually cause slower processing and filtering of toxins. This means that the cleanse you started to get all of the toxins out of your body might actually be causing those toxins to linger even longer. (Feltman, 2015) This is yet another reason to reconsider juicing as one of the major promises it provides is more than likely just another lie. It would be far healthier to just let your body naturally filter out toxins on its own accord. Don’t force a process your body already has been doing since you were born.
These are just some of the issues that juicing provides. Between negative metabolic effects, misconceptions, and lack of nutritious necessities, there are various reasons to avoid juicing.
So, are you still dead set on juicing? That’s okay, if it is in moderation. But, if you think it is the end-all solution to your health problems, then you’d better look into juicing some more, because as stated above, you may want to reconsider.
Author: Usman Raza is a freelance writer, marketing specialist at PerfumeHut.com and co-founder of UsmanDigitalMedia.com. When not working, he’s probably spending time with his family. Follow him on Facebook @usmanraza40 and Twitter @usmanintrotech.
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