23 Jun Juicing: Is It Worth the Hype?
By Joni Garcia MS, RD, Contributing Blogger
Juicing is the latest trend to take — and I’ve definitely fallen victim! Bottled, fresh juices chock full of fruits and veggies line the coolers at the market, and fresh juice bars are popping up everywhere. Drinking fresh juices is touted as a way to cleanse your body and to look and feel better. With the hefty price tag on each 12 to 16 fluid ounce bottle or cup ranging between $4 to $10, is it really worth it?
Fresh juices get an A+ for their ingredients and minimal processing. Drinking fresh juice is a quick and easy way to incorporate loads of different fruits and veggies into the diet and to take in a healthy dose of essential vitamins and minerals. These juices are also raw, meaning they’re in their most natural form, with no preservatives or unrecognizable ingredients. The only processing you’ll see is when the produce makes its way through the juicer.
While drinking fresh juice is a great way to quickly gulp necessary nutrients, you may be missing out on the fiber found in whole fruits and veggies. Considering doing a juice cleanse? You’ll not only be missing out on fiber, you’ll also be cutting out protein and other important nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. Also, depending on the ingredients (and size of the drink), that seemingly light and healthy beverage can be heavy in calories and sugar.
If you love grabbing a juice on-the-go, read the nutrition label and look for juices that are lower in sugar and calories. If you want to juice at home, think about what you’re putting in the blender. Green juices and other juices made up of mainly veggies are a better choice. They tend to be lower in sugar and calories compared to juices made up of mainly fruit—plus, a few extra servings of veggies never hurt anyone.
Tell Me: Are you into this juicing trend?