To Juice or Not to Juice

In the documentary film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, juicing, the act of running fruits and vegetables through a juicing machine and drinking up the results, is presented as a godsend for folks struggling with weight problems. Through his juice fast and exercise, the film’s protagonist loses a whole bunch of weight, and he finds a life-long skin condition he suffered from was cured. Through the magic of juicing!

Juicing has been positioned by its proponents as a way to drop massive amounts of weight, a method to cleanse your system, and even a shield against cancer. However, juicing is a two-edged sword, with potential risks as well as potential benefits. Here are some quick pros and cons:

  • Pros: Fans of juicing claim that juicing allows you to absorb the nutrients in fruits and vegetables in a quicker, more ready manner. Juicing also allows you to easily expand the variety of vegetable and fruits you consume. It’s also a great way for folks who don’t like vegetables and fruits to add them into their diet.
  • Cons: Because juicing doesn’t utilize the skins or pulp from plants, you lose a lot of nutrients, in particular fiber. Juice is also subject to bacterial growth if it’s not pasteurized. And juicing hasn’t been scientifically proven to be any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables. Oh, and juicers can be costly.

It would seem that the best way to get your fruits and vegetables is to eat them whole. However, if you don’t like eating vegetables, or want to get a quick dose of nutrients, juicing is a decent option. Just make sure you’re getting enough fiber, too.


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