To Juice or not to Juice…

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Juice dieting is a new trend apart of the growing healthy food craze.  It can also be called a juice cleanse, juice detox, a juice fast or juicing.  In this diet, the only food eaten is from fruits and vegetables.  Most of the time, juice is squeezed out of the fruits and vegetables.  This can be done by hand or by machine.  Some of the time, fruits and vegetables are blended.  There is very little protein or fat in this diet because fruits and vegetables do not have a lot of either.  This diet can go on from a few days to several weeks.

Why are people going on this diet?

A diet with strict limits, such as a juice diet, will often lead to weight loss.  Also the juice diet is supposed to detoxify the body while also cleaning the stomach and intestines. There is still a debate about the benefits of a juice diet and more research is needed.

Why you should have juice

  • Juices are a great way to add extra servings of fruit and vegetables to your diet so that you can meet your daily nutrient needs.

Why you shouldn’t have only juice

  • Drinking too much juice can make some medical conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, worse.
  • Some fruits and vegetables can make medicine not work like it’s supposed to.
  • A sudden increase in fruit or vegetable juice can lead to gas, bloating or diarrhea.
  • Juice has almost no protein, naturally. Your body needs protein to keep the amount of muscle you have and to repair tissues.
  • Some vitamins can only be absorbed into the body in the presence of fat and juice is not a good source of fat.

 

References: Foodandnutritionmagazine.com, Nutrition Education for October 2012. Produced by Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County by Christina Mai, nutrition intern for Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D. For questions regarding nutrition education contact: Sherry Simon, R.D./L.D., Director of Nutrition Services for Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County at 817-336-0912 or email: ssimon@mealsonwheels.org. Website: www.mealsonwheels.org.

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