Juicing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Juicing is a method of extracting the juice and the nutrients from vegetables, fruits and even other foods like nuts. It is a quick way of getting several servings of fruits and vegetables in one sitting. Why spend your time chewing your food when you can drink it, right?
Many juicers experience increased energy, improved health, better quality sleep, and healthy looking skin. Some juicers use their creations as meal replacements or supplements and are successful with losing weight. Juicing can make living a healthy lifestyle a little easier.
As with most things, too much of a good thing can be bad. Some juicers find that their blood sugar has gone up, their triglycerides (a form of cholesterol) have increased, and they feel hungry shortly after drinking their juice. Juicers may also find they lose muscle mass from not consuming adequate protein.
Most of the time when we juice, we remove the fiber of the food (the pulb, the peel, and the seeds are high in fiber). Fiber helps to control blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, and satisfy hunger. It can be very useful for weight management and intestinal trouble, too. It is recommended to consume 25-30 grams of fiber daily from food (not supplements). Typically, whole fruits and vegetables will be the healthier choice.
As always, be sure to consult your doctor before making changes to your eating plan as juicing may not be right for you. Above all else, enjoy your fruits and veggies!