Juicing. Some swear by it. Others swear off it. I’ve been on both ends of this spectrum and, like so many things, have found my happy place somewhere in the middle. Should you get juiced
Juicing, by strict definition, isn’t fully naked.
When we extract just the juice from a fruit or vegetable, we’re leaving behind the fibre – a vitally important nutrient. But this doesn’t mean that I write off juicing completely. There’s a time and a place where it’s very appropriate.
Now, just to be clear, when I talk about juicing I’m talking about fresh-pressed juices, and I’m talking about vegetable (especially green vegetable), not fruit juices. I’m not a believer in commercial juices at all – they’re oversweet, made from overripe produce, and pasteurized – leaving you with little more than sugar water.
So, to my question:
Should you juice? Short answer: it depends.If . . .
. . . then juicing could be for you.It’s an excellent way to load up on nutrients, to balance out the acidity that pervades so much of the North American diet, and to get more hydrated. You simply couldn’t eat the volume of veggies required to get the same nutritional content if you had to eat all that fiber.
If . . .
Very important juicing considerations:
Juice is a bonus, not a replacement. Unless your digestion is compromised or you’re on a cleanse, you don’t want to use juice as a replacement for your whole veggies. Juice is a supplemental way of getting more nutrients. You still need the fiber from the whole food.
Juices lose their nutritional value almost immediately. If you can’t drink it immediately, drink it within one to two hours of juicing. Store juices in a refrigerator with as little air in the container as possible (the air causes oxidation and speeds spoilage).
Avoid fruit and starchy vegetable juices (beet, carrot). They have way too much sugar. The ideal ratio of non-starchy vegetable to starchy-vegetable or fruit is 4:1. See the recipe below for a good example of this.
Use organic produce if possible. There’s lots of documentation of why organic is better, not least of which is to avoid the pesticides and other synthetic chemicals conventional produce is sprayed with. BUT, let’s be real – sometimes organic isn’t possible. If that’s the case, here’s a great article sharing how to wash your produce effectively.
Here are some of my go to juicing recipes for you to try:
The Green Goddess
Easy Being Green
Get Your Beets On
Living On The Vedge
What are your favourite juice combinations ? Do you agree with juicing or do you think we shouldn't bother ? Let me know your thoughts - as always I love to hear from you.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!