Is Juicing Good for You?

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Feb 25, 2014 Healthy Eating 0 Comments

“And I’ve started juicing every morning, that’s good for me right?” This question comes up a lot in sessions with my clients. Especially here in California where there is a juice bar on every street.

My answer to this question is the same answer I give to a lot of the is-that-good-questions I get: It depends on what you are using it for.

Juicing gives the digestive track a break, and hydrates the intestines and colon. It quickly delivers an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the blood stream. And it can give you a nice pick me up when you are feeling low energy.

However, there is no fiber in juice because you are drinking only the juice of the food rather than the fiber that comes with it. So depending on the type of juice you are having, it gives the body a large dose of sugar that goes straight into the blood stream causing the body to release insulin. This is a dangerous result if you are diabetic, sensitive to sugar or trying to lose weight. (Join us for our workshop The Sweet Stuff to find out why!)

Fresh pressed juice because of it’s freshness will deliver more available enzymes, vitamins and minerals. But when it comes to the effect on blood sugar, fruit juice is fruit juice, whether you are buying your juice in the carton from the store or have it fresh pressed on the corner.

If you want to include juice to improve you health, then green vegetable juice is the way to go. Greens are naturally low in sugar, high in vitamins and minerals, and are extremely cleansing for the liver. Since the liver is the organ that processes toxins and fats, cleansing it regularly will help you feel better and look better.

Most of the green juices on the market are tricky though – they are actually a fruit juice with a small amount of green vegetables in them. So look at the ingredient label and make sure that green vegetables are the first ingredients (fruits, if any, should be low on the ingredient list).

Another option is to have a smoothie. Smoothies have the fiber of the food included in the drink so it slows down the digestion of the sugars. It is important to use vegetables over fruits for smoothies as well though, if you are looking to improve your health. Green Smoothie Girl is one of my favorite recipe websites for all things smoothie.

And if you are really sensitive to sugar, then skip the juice and smoothie and eat the food instead. It will digest much slower, giving you longer, more even energy and a softer effect on the blood sugar.