We have been told for a few decades now that in order to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need, then we have to eat 5 portions of fruit a day. To most people this sounds like a lot, and they wonder how they would manage to fit in an apple, banana, and a pear, as well as two portions of veg during the day. To be honest, I doubt many people actually manage more than 3 a day on average, but there is a much easier and quicker way to ensure you consume the recommended amount.
Juicing has been around for a long time, but it is only in the last few years that it has become an essential part of a number of diets, but is juicing healthy? Yes and no, as it depends on what you put in it and how you make the juice.
These days you do not have to stand around squeezing fruit and veg by hand, mushing it up, or hammering the life out of it. We are lucky enough to have juicing machines to do it for us, but the benefits depend on the type of machine you use:
• Fast Juicer: Shreds everything you put in it, and uses centrifugal forces to get the juice out of the pulp. When it has finished the pulp is thrown away.
• Slow Juicer: These work on just compressing the fruit and veg you put into it. These are more expensive than fast juicers, and produce juice that is thicker due to containing more pulp. There is still pulp left over though to be thrown away.
• Whole Juicer: This is just really a renamed blender, and as all of the pulp is included, it is pretty much a smoothie.
So taking these machines into account, we can we now answer the question; “Is juicing healthy?”
All juicing is healthy for you, especially if you are currently getting nowhere near what your daily intake should be. Using a fast juicer means that you are not getting all of the nutrients in the fruit and veg, as you are throwing away all of the pulp. Things like orange rind are very good for you, and the pulp contains a lot of fiber, which is great for helping keep colon cancer at bay. A slow juicer comes somewhere in the middle, but for maximum benefit you should use a whole juicer.
Some people do not like the pulp, which is why different machines are available. When making juice you can put in whatever fruit and veg you like, you should never have to add any sugar, or additional water, especially if you are using watery fruits such as apples, pears, melon and nectarines.
Although you should still eat fruit and veg on its own, drinking fresh juice is healthier than eating them cooked, as a lot of people overcook them and therefore destroy a lot of the vitamins and minerals. So now you are able to answer the question, “Is juicing healthy?”