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Wondering If Juicing Is Worth The Effort And Money?

blackberry juiceEveryone wants the benefits of consuming the proper amount of fruits and vegetables but many are unwilling to put in the work to prepare and eat so many produce items. A reduction in preparation time is one of the reasons that many people are turning to juicing for their fruits and vegetables. Registered dietitian Christina Meyer-Jax says there are many other benefits to drinking your fruits and veggies as well.

Juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues. Different plants can be combined to create a juice that is pleasing to the palate and provides the nutrition needed to get through the day. One glass of homemade juice can contain somewhere between 4 to 6 servings of fruits and veggies. The recommended number of servings each person should get each day is between 5 to 9 servings.

However, it is important for people that juice to continue consuming real, unjuiced foods as well. Meyer-Jax said, “One of the benefits of juicing is that you condense the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have disease-fighting power to them.” She also reminded readers, “Fiber is awesome, so eating whole fruits and veggies should be a part of your diets as well.”

Before beginning a “juice cleanse” where you consume nothing but juice for a few days, you should consult with your doctor and ensure that you are healthy enough to proceed with your plan. Meyer-Jax said, “Also, don’t do it for an extended period of time. You are missing out on key nutrients, most importantly protein if you are exclusively juicing for an extended period of time.”

It is important to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before juicing. Produce purchased from a grocery store may have small amounts of chemicals, pesticides, or preservatives on the surface when bought and, if you juice the items without washing them, you have just added the contaminants to your juice. Items that will not be peeled should be washed with an effective vegetable wash and a vegetable brush. This will remove any dirt or contaminants and allow you to get the nutritional value of the peel into your juice.

Blackberry-Kiwi Juice Recipe

1 cup Blackberries
1 Kiwifruit
1 medium Pear
30 leaves Peppermint
1/4 Pineapple (peeled, cored)

Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

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