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Healthy Community Healthy You – Juicing – Drinking Your Fruits & Veggies

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Dr. Megan Johnson McCullough – Juicing has become a popular craze among fitness and nutrition fanatics. Having a juicer at home is just about as common as having a toaster these days. The power of fruits and vegetables does wonders for our internal health. It is unlikely to consume the recommended daily 17 servings in total of fruits and veggies we are advised to eat. The reasons one might start to juice include weight loss, lowering blood pressure, or detoxing. It is no healthier than eating the same content,
but we like our trends and appliances.

Other people prefer the texture and chewing action of eating. Some argue feeling satiated longer and feel they’re getting more bang for my buck for meals. Liquid doesn’t fill us up quite the same way, at least not for as long. For example, if you were to eat an apple vs. drink an apple, it would take 5 minutes to chew an apple vs. 2 seconds to drink that sip of apple. With this in mind, why is juicing so popular?

I watched a documentary called, “7 Days 2 Guys 1 Juicer”. In this film, Chad and Kenny were two obese middle-aged men, who for 7 days were put in a hotel to complete a 7-day juicing cycle. When they arrived, the refrigerator was stocked with nothing but fresh produce. Not one item was in the freezer. From the gate, the men noticed how much work juicing really was between prepping the produce and then cleaning up after. This was quite the lifestyle change for them both, coming from backgrounds of fast food, no activity, and very little motivation to be healthy and make changes. Taken out of their environments, the men were forced to follow the plan precisely. They underwent withdrawal, headaches, and hunger pains.

According to the documentary, juicing dates back to the ancient Greeks who used pomegranate juice as a love potion. In the U.S., juicing was introduced in the 1920’s when there was a new popularity to be vegetarian or vegan. In the 1970’s, Jack Lalanne sold his famous juicer. Today, people in their 20’s and 30’s have created a $5 billion business out of juicing. There’s a status associated with high end juice bars connected to yoga studios. In the end, Chad and Kenny lost about 9 pounds each. I really anticipated a higher weight loss considering their past, which goes to show that juicing isn’t entirely weight loss oriented and the weight can be gained right back after stopping. Here’s the concept: “Doing the math, on average, an ounce of ‘mixed juice’ contains about 15 calories.  If you need 1,400-1,500 calories daily to
achieve weekly weight loss, you could drink a whopping 96 ounces of this juice (about 12 cups) each day and still stay in that calorie range, which should result in weight loss. On this sample juicing diet, you would, however, only be getting 9 grams of fiber (36% of your need) and 25 grams of protein (41% of your need) each day, which is far from ideal.  This unbalanced nutrient intake would result in immediate muscle mass loss and an increase in hunger and food cravings. Other nutrients such as fat, vitamins and minerals would also be severely lacking. Successful and safe long-term weight loss would not be achievable on such a plan.”
(http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1800).

Obesity causes over 25 diseases, so we do want to make sure proper nutrition is in place, but the type that is sustainable. In a world that praises fat-free, organic, and all- natural products, we sure do eat a lot that comes out of packages and boxes. Something isn’t right with our food. Juicing can be a nice, cold, refreshing, sweet beverage. Making healthy changes is not always easy but find what works for you in the long run. Juicing has its benefits but is it not to followed long term as a replacement to all your daily meals.

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