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Juicy Thoughts

| On 31, Jan 2015

You’ve read about, and may have tried, the ever-changing list of diets making the rounds over the years – Atkins, no carb, protein, raw food, and so on.

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I’m no stranger to dieting, having tried fasting, the small portion diet and no-carb diet. On the no-carb diet, the most effective one for me, I managed to lose 5 kg in a week. However, my Asian motto of, ‘No Rice, No Life’ saw the return of the 5 kg.

Now, juicing is all the rage. Another fad diet or does it truly work? What is juicing exactly?

Juicing is exactly what it sounds like – extracting the juices out of fruits or vegetables with the aid of a blender or a juice press. Juicing sounds perfect for someone who hates to eat vegetables or fruits but doesn’t mind drinking the lot.

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However, like for everything else, there are pros and cons. 

Of the pros, drinking juice delivers the goodness, and most nutrient-dense part of the food, in a concentrated form. In a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, researchers analyzed 12 fruits and found 90 percent of the antioxidant activity was in the juice, rather than the fiber. In other studies people who drank juices were found less likely to develop Alzheimers, cancer, or heart disease. (http://www.foodrepublic.com/)

As many people don’t eat the recommended 5 servings of vegetables and 3 fruits a day, juicing might be the best recourse for them.

 

And now, the cons – antioxidants and other phytonutrients start to break down almost immediately once they are exposed to light and air, so you have to drink the juice as soon as it leaves the blender.

To get the nutritional benefit without spiking blood sugar levels, there should be more vegetable to fruit in your blend. If you don’t choose the right mix, your concoction might end up bitter or quite unpalatable.

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