There are varying schools of thought when it comes to juicing. The scientists and nutritionist can have starkly different opinions about whether it is best to consume juice (a concentrated form of whole fruits and veggies) or to consumer the whole fruit or veggie in its original form. On one side, if you juice vs just eating whole fruits and
vegetables, you can take in vitamins and minerals quickly, efficiently and in higher quantity. However, on the flip side, consuming whole foods will provide the fiber along
with the juice without the risk elevating your blood sugar. But to most, the reward of juicing outweighs any risk. You can always eat whole, raw foods instead, but if you’re ready to start juicing you will get lots out of it.
Most common advantages...
- When you juice at home, the nutrients in the juice are more readily available for assimilation and absorption. Fresh juice is a very effective way to consume large quantities of nutrients because they go directly into the system (without the fiber), already extracted and ready for the body to use without putting any added stress on the digestive system.
- When you juice at home, you can disguise the fruits and veggies your family WON'T eat.
This is one of the great benefits of juicing - especially if you are introducing juice to someone, or if there's a certain vegetable you don't like to eat, but you can drink. Juicing then becomes a very convenient way to disguise certain foods and make them easy to drink instead of eat. My kids get fresh juice everyday. I have an EXTREMELY picky 5 year old who won't anything BUT he will drink a fresh juice. I say, get the nutrients in the best way you can.
- You can be super creative with juicing. Just the change in seasons should be inspiring. There are so many varieties of fruits and vegetables that become available each season so take advantage of the seasonal and local harvest around you and get creative with it.
- Juicing the skins on some fruits and vegetables can alter the taste of juice. For example, juicing lemons with the skins can add a bright, citrusy taste to many juices. However juicing oranges with the skins can be downright yuk! It is generally considered safe to include seeds and skins, the parts of the fruit and vegetable that would normally be thrown out and wasted, but it may alter the taste of the juice. Test it out and see what you like.
- Try using vegetables that add a "kick". Veggies like daikon, radishes, jalapeño or
mustard greens will definitely perk things up. These types of vegetables can
really make juice interesting and can boost essential nutrients that you otherwise
wouldn't get. Remember a little goes a long way.