Answering Your Questions on Juicing
There are people who have told me that juicing is dangerous and unhealthy. Often when I ask them why they say so, I am asked about the sugar content that can spike your blood sugar levels, and then I am also asked about fibre.
So, I have put together a list of the most common questions I am asked about juicing. After you finish reading, I believe you will have a better understanding of why juicing really is healthy.
The short answer is a resounding “YES”! Juicing is a great way to have more fruits and vegetables, and no doctor will ever not tell you that you shouldn’t eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Of course, please don’t eat anything you are allergic to.
Juicing is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your body, especially if you are not a big fruit and vegetable eater or you don’t like certain vegetables and fruits. So if you don’t want to eat it, you can drink it.
I have heard doctors say that juicing is not sustainable. There is a yes and no answer to this question.
When you do a juicing programme, you often do it for a specific time period, such as 3 days, 7 days, or like I and many others have done, 30 days. The idea is not that you just live on just juices for the rest of your life. So, to live on just juices for the rest of your life? No.
To do a juice each day to help you increase your intake of raw fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, is sustainable. Juicing is a way to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables that you may not normally eat, helping you to achieve the goal of 10 portions of fruits and vegetable portions each day.
Raw vegetables and fruit are pushed through the juicer machine and a slow, rotating drilling unit, known as an anuager, works to crush the produce. It then separates the pulp from the juice by slowly squeezing the produce. Cold-pressed juice is the closest form of raw pure vegetables and fruit, allowing you to obtain a concentrated amount of nutrients that would be otherwise difficult to achieve by eating the produce alone.
There are some produce that are best left for cooking, and not for juicing. The following are a list of common fruits and veggies that just don’t work in juicing:
Bananas are too soft to juice. They are essential for smoothies, but they are just to mushy to put through a juicer.
Avocados cannot be juiced, as it just doesn’t yield any juice. It is great to blend with your juice to make the juice thick and creamy.
Eggplants do not have enough juice, so please don’t juice it.
Leeks often block up juicers, so only use the inner layers if you do want to juice leeks for your vegetable juices.
Juicing is a great way to get nutrition into kids to help them with their growing and developing bodies. It is also a great way to sneak in vegetables into their diet. Here are a few tips on juicing for children:
- Babies should never be given juice. They should be drinking mother’s milk or baby formula milk.
- For children ages 2-12 years old, is to give a juice that is diluted with water. I believe that there is nothing wrong with giving children fresh juice that you made with a juicer – it is much better than the sugar-laden, refined and pasteurised store-bought juices.
- Juices are great for teenagers to supplement their diet with the nutrients of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.
- Start slow with the vegetables like spinach, watercress, kale, parsley and beets. These are very strong in flavour, so start with a small amount and build it up gradually.
- Do not do a juice fast / juice only diet with children.