There is no denying that juicing has taken the health world by storm, with A-list celebrities joining the juicing bandwagon and becoming advocates of its many health benefits. The industry has boomed into a $5 billion business and is continuously growing at the rate of 4-8% per year. Juice bars are popping up on every corner and there is no shortage of new commercial juice products and high-tech juicer/blender machines appearing in retail stores.
But despite the craze, health and nutritional experts are voicing concerns about the negative effects of an all-juice diet. The following are just a few of the potential health problems caused by replacing your meals with juices and smoothies.
- Going on a juice only diet can actually cause weight gain instead of weight loss. The majority of calories in juice come from carbs, including sugars from fruits and vegetables. Juice also lacks the proteins necessary to boost your metabolism and build lean muscles.
- The high acid content in most juices can cause dental problems. This is similar to how acid in soft drinks cause tooth enamel to soften, leading to tooth decay.
- Because juices are absorbed more quickly in the body, there is a rapid increase in blood sugar which can raise your chances of developing diabetes and other blood glucose disorders.
As much as I enjoy drinking healthy juices to refresh me on hot days, I still prefer my greens on a plate and eat them with most of my meals. Also, I find juice is so much better and well-balanced when paired with a healthy sandwich or some protein-rich snacks.
For those who are have trouble eating their greens juicing can be a great alternative, however, I would recommend eating as much whole fruits and vegetables as possible, in order to fully benefits from the rich micro-nutrients found in whole foods. Adding some flavor to your greens or mixing them with flavorful ingredients can make a big difference. Compared to drinking your fruits and vegetable, you’ll find that taking a bite into them gives you more energy and vibrancy and makes you feel fuller — something every active woman needs to negotiate her personal daily challenges!
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