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Juice Cleanse: The Pros & Cons of a Juicing Diet

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From boutique juice shops popping up in cities and small towns to Instagram celebrities touting the benefits of one type of juice cleanse or another, it seems we’ve discovered the new health craze — juicing.

While we’re all familiar with store-bought juices and juice-like substances (remember Sunny Delight?), making juices at home hasn’t always been as popular. These days, the hippie-inspired trend is gaining steam, as aficionados claim it helps shed pounds, prevent and heal disease, and generally work as a miracle drink. But is juicing really as good for you as fans claim?

The Pros and Cons of a Juice Cleanse

If you’re interested in juicing, you’ll be happy to know that a juice cleanse does have quite a few benefits.


1. Enjoy Your Daily Dose of Fruits and Veggies Easily — and Try New Ones!

How many of us actually eat the seven servings of fruit — and especially vegetables — daily that are recommended to reduce the risk of premature death? (1) While it can be difficult to figure out how to sneak in a few extra veggies with each meal or snack, juicing makes it much easier. Practically any fruit or vegetable can be juiced, allowing you to get in a heap of nutrients and vitamins you probably would otherwise miss out on.

Juicing also allows you to get adventurous with what produce you consume. Most of us purchase the same few fruits and veggies we’re used to eating to prepare at home. But juicing gives you the freedom to try new varieties without having to hunt down recipes or worry whether the rest of the family will enjoy them. Just slip it into the juicer, and it’s ready for drinking.

Parents, juices are an especially good option if you have children who are picky eaters. They’ll enjoy drinking the juice, and you’ll love knowing that they’re sipping on nutritious ingredients.

2. Your Body Can Easily Absorb the Nutrients

Drinking a juice is like taking a shot of instant nutrition goodness. Because all the insoluble fiber — that’s the fiber your body has to work a little harder to process — has been removed through the juicing process, digestion becomes a lot easier on the body. (2)

Drinking a juice enables the body to better absorb the vitamins, minerals and enzymes the juice has to offer. Juicing is like taking a healthy multivitamin that actually tastes good.

3. It’s a Great Way to Reduce Produce Waste

A shriveled carrot or sad-looking cucumber might not make for a good-looking addition to dinner, but either is excellent in juice cleanse recipes — and a good way to stop tossing out produce that’s a bit past its prime. Because 30 percent to 40 percent of food in America goes to waste, juicing is a savvy way to eliminate waste in your household and easy on the pockets, too. (3)


Unfortunately, there are several disadvantages to juicing which need to be taken into account.

1. You Probably Won’t Lose Weight

If you’re planning on going on a juice-only diet, take note. That you might find yourself feeling hungry a lot more often. It’s not just your imagination — it’s been proven that eating solid foods helps you reach satiety and feel more full than drinking meals.

This is important when juicing, because just one juice might have a caloric count that’s similar to a full meal, except it won’t keep you as full as chowing down whole foods might. (4) That means if you’re regularly drinking juices, you might READ MORE:

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