Are you on the ‘juice’?

Posted 09/2015 by Fitness Professor in BLOG

Although far from a new concept, it would appear that a juicing craze is making its way across the country. With ‘juice bars’ becoming as common as coffee shops, (with some businesses offering both), finding an ‘apple kale ginger juice’ is surprisingly easy! Now to be clear, FIT PROF would never recommend against consuming more fruits and vegetables however, we do question how these juices are being prepared.

First, it is important to understand that there is a significant difference between juicing and blending. Juicing is defined as “extracting the liquid from a fruit or vegetable” while blending is the “mixing of one or more whole fruits and vegetables, including any edible / desired skins”. In common sense terms, one offers the water and some of the vitamins and minerals that are squeezed out of them, while the other offers that as well plus all of fruit’s and vegetable’s remaining nutrients and fiber. These other nutrients (including the fiber) play a significant role in how your body absorbs and utilizes what you consume including its affect on your blood sugar (which as we know is closely related to body fat). Plus, with the average american consuming far below the recommended daily amount, why would anyone throw out the fiber?

So the next time you think you’re making the ‘healthy choice’, stop. Read the nutritional facts. Then decide whether what you are about to consume is whole and balanced.

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