A delicious fresh drink sometimes can’t be beaten, but should you juice your fruit and veges as part of your paleo diet? There are some significant pros and cons to juicing – to juice, or not to juice?
- If you are struggling to get your 5+ a day, or don’t like fruit and vegetables – then squeezing them into a drink can be a great way to get them into your body
- The added water content helps you stay hydrated
- It’s quick! Just imagine how long it would take to chow down on a huge plate of veges, when instead you can just juice them
- While fruit juices (and carrots and beets) contain higher amounts of fructose sugar, vegetable juices don’t have the same negative effect – so grab spinach and celery and drink more fresh vege juice. Limit fruit to once a day.
- Juicing is a great way to use up any fresh produce which is about to go off – helping to cut down on waste.
- That hulking juicer takes up a lot of room in the kitchen!
- For the cost of a fancy juicer, how many extra weeks worth of fruit and veges could you buy?
- Juicing removes the fiber from fruit and veges – so your body absorbs fructose sugar from fruit juice more easily. This can upset blood sugar levels.
- There is little scientific evidence to support the belief that juicing makes vitamins in fruit and veg easier for the body to absorb.
- Without the fiber – fruit and veges lose their nutritional value. Antioxidants and other phytonutrients start to break down when they are exposed to air and light.
- Juicing can, in some extreme cases, lead to foodborne illness due to their increased vulnerability to bacteria when stored. Washing fruit & veges and drinking the raw juice immediately can minimise the risk (pregnant women are advised to be wary of raw juices).
- Juicing can actually be higher calories for you – for example, a glass of orange juice may contain up to four oranges. But would you sit down and eat four oranges in one go?
- Juicing can leave a fair bit of waste product – the pulp, skins, stalks etc. This is the area where most of the fiber, vitamins and minerals are stored – do if you discard these parts, you are often throwing out the most beneficial part of the produce.
- And what do you do with all of that waste product? Great if you have a compost bin!
- Consuming your food in liquid form may leave you feeling less full – meaning you then consume more calories than you would if you had chewed the food.
Pros and Cons aside – juices are delicious and can be great as an ADDITION to your normal diet. Juicing is an easy way to consume your daily servings of fruit and veg while on the go – especially if you are struggling to fit them in otherwise.