Juice newtons

Alec wrote:

Hey Sean,

English: Cucumber, celery & apple juice

I would drink the hell out of this.

I was watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” (Netflix online). If you haven’t seen it,i t is a documentary about a man who lost a lot of weight. Overall becoming much healthier, getting off of medications and getting rid of diseases. He did this by juicing. Drinking only fruit and vegetable juice. The claim is it is healthy because it closely resembles our primal diets that our bodies are “wired” to handle.

I was wondering if you had seen this and what your thoughts were about juicing, I keep hearing of it more and more. It is hard for me to buy in to. I can’t tell if I can’t buy into it though just because of our culture or if it actually doesn’t make sense.

The most logical theory I can come up with is that people with a lot of fat can use that energy while having this type of diet. Where as an athlete does not have enough spare fat to sustain enough energy, therefore needing to get it from solid foods. Anyways, just thought your opinion would be interesting to hear.

p.s. Feel free to use this on your blog if you want, haven’t seen as much fitness/health on there lately. Enjoy reading it though, keep it up.

Alec

 

Alec,

Thanks for writing.  Yes I’ve heard of juicing (or juice diets) but it’s really nothing new and in my opinion it has no significant health benefit when compared to just eating the fruit or vegetable in it’s regular state.  The biggest benefit is taste.  For those that don’t like certain vegetables, the ability to “hide” them in a juice format is helpful.  I like to pop frozen spinach on my protein smoothies for example, and I know many people that don’t like spinach, but it truly cannot be tasted when mixed in…you just get the additional nutritional benefits. In juicing however, some of the nutritional benefit (like natural fiber) is removed when the foods are juiced. In addition to missing fiber on a 100% juice diet, you’re also not getting necessary protein for muscle maintenance.  If you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off, maintaining muscle mass is essential and you’ll never be able to be successful on a 100% juice diet with no fiber intake.

The one claim that some juice diets make is that juicing the foods makes them easier for the body to absorb and I’ll tell you right now that is absolutely NO evidence that this is true.  In fact, our bodies are designed to digest things like metals, fibers, and meats.  It’s how we’ve always been.  Juicing just seems to go against that, but then again, so do many of the supplements I take.  We all need more fiber, more antioxidants, and more nutrition in our daily diets and juicing seems like a stepping stone to get us there, but long term, it doesn’t have any big benefits.

All in all, juicing seems to be a good ADDITION to a healthy lifestyle (like supplements are), but NOT a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.  Juicing may provide you with extra servings of fruits and veggies, which we should all work to improve upon, but whether you juice them or chew them is up to you.

Sean

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