Drinking to Your Health – How Healthy is Juicing Anyway?
Juicing is becoming more and more popular all of the time. Before you decide it is for you it helps to understand it a little better. Only then will you be able to decide if it is the right choice for your health or not. Here are some important points that you need to know about juicing.
Juicing Part of a Healthy Diet
Juicing offers versatility because you can mix any combination of fruits or vegetables together and the options for delicious concoctions for yourself and your family is many. If you are not consuming as many fruits and vegetables as you should be on a daily basis then juicing is an excellent way to get what you need.
With only one drink you can receive the daily recommendations for your health. Juicing can become a part of your healthy diet.
However the key word here is a “part” of your healthy diet. If you do a lot of juicing that does not mean that you can give up eating fruits and vegetables in other forms all together. You still need to eat them.
You need three to four vegetables per day and at least two whole fruits. You need to vary the choices you choose and eat as many different colors of the rainbow as possible. Think red, orange, green, purple and yellow. The more colorful your choices the more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you will take in.
The Actions of a Juicer
When you use a juicer what it does is it extracts the juice form the whole veggies and fruits that you place in it. This results in fewer vitamins and minerals because the skins are removed and that is where the highest concentration of nutrients can be found. Using a juicer machine also gets rid of the pulp which is where the fiber is housed.
To not lose the pulp that is left over you can add it back into the fruit or vegetable juice that you are making or you can use it for other recipes such as muffins or for other cooking purposes such as rice, pasta, stews, casseroles or soup. In this way you can still make good use of the nutrients from the juice that would be lost otherwise.
Juicing – Cost Factor
Be aware that juicing machines can be costly to purchase. They range in price from $50 to as much as $400. Some of the more expensive models are capable of greater action, such as breaking down the fruits you put in it by grinding up the core, the rinds and the seeds.
If you would like to start juicing but are on a tight budget and cannot afford a juicing machine at this time then you can use a regular blender for some of your juicing recipes. Most blenders will allow you to place fruits or vegetables in them and the fiber will not be lost. If you find that the mixture is too thick in its consistency then you can add a little bit of water. You will also need to remove some of the skins, as well as the rinds and the seeds.
Juicing – Keep Calories in Mind
Just as you need to watch your calories and the amount of sugar in the foods you eat the same must be said when you make your own juice at home. A cup of veggies has approximately 25 calories. Three cups of leafy greens has approximately the same amount of calories. A piece of fruit of medium size contains roughly 60 calories. This piece of fruit would translate to four ounces of juice. The typical glass of juice would be 12 to 16 ounces.
If you are not careful these calories can add up quickly. Just as you do not want to eat too many calories you do not want to drink too many either. There is more of a worry if you make fruit juice than vegetable juice. What you might want to do is to make a juice that combines both. For instance use mostly vegetables and then toss in an apple or a kiwi fruit to sweeten the taste. To add more protein to your natural juice you may wish to add some Greek yogurt, flax seed, peanut butter or almond milk.