If you haven't heard about the juicing trend, you're about to. It's become a pretty popular way for people to diet or get healthier, but is it actually good for you? We're here to help you figure it out. It can be very expensive, but a lot of people are into it, so we want to see what all the hype is about and if it really is beneficial.
What is juicing?
Juicing is, quite literally, “the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruits or vegetables”.
How do you even do it?
In order to juice, it’s recommended that you purchase a juicing machine. A blender won’t work, because it doesn’t separate out the pulp from the skins of the fruits and vegetables. Once you have a juicer, you select the fruits, vegetables, or other ingredients that you want to include in the mixture and put them through the juicer. It will separate out the pulp, which consists of insoluble fiber, and hold the juice separately for you to consume whenever you’re ready.
Why bother juicing?
The process sounds a little intense, and you may be wondering, “Why do people even bother with all that effort?” People juice for a variety of reasons, but here are a few of the more common ones.
1) It’s an easy way to make sure that you’re getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. It’s a lot easier to drink one cup of juice than it is to force down a huge salad, a big bowl of lima beans, and two apples.
2) Juicing can also be great for kids. If your kids are a little on the pickier side, juicing is perfect for disguising unpalatable flavors. You can mix sweeter fruits like apples in with your vegetable juices to help make it taste better for your kids!
3) You can juice in bulk and store it for later. Juices can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, and frozen for even longer! You don’t have to juice every single day, you can pick one day and juice for the entire week.
4) There are a lot of health benefits associated with juicing. The nutrients obtained from juicing can help protect against cancer, inflammatory diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. It’s also a great source of fiber! To learn a little bit more about the science behind the health benefits of juicing, you can check out this article called “Using A Food Juicer to Help Fight Cancer”.
So bottom line: we get the hype because juicing is great. It's an awesome option for you (and especially for kids) to get your (their) daily dose of vitamins and nutrients that are needed to keep your body and bones healthy. If you come up with or find some great recipes, we'd love to hear about them!