Great way to get in extra nutrients.
Great way to get in extra nutrients.
We started juicing a few weeks ago based on the advice of DH's naturopath. She gave us a particular prescription that you need some of this, this, this, and that -- and so that's what we do.
I love it, to be honest. I never thought I would, but I do.
I started juicing a lot while eating a low fiber diet to heal my IBS...healed the IBS, didn't gain any fat. Win-win.
[QUOTE=Omni;1107126]The issues are High GI rating because as juice it is basically sugar solution and often because there is no work involved also high GL, when the juice craze hit, many people wondered why they were putting on weight.[/QUOTE]
Yep. And cave men didn't have juicers, they had a few small crappy pieces of fruit the birds didn't get to first. :D
A 12oz glass of orange juice is 40g of carbs, of which [B]80% are from sugar[/B]. It's an easy way to spike your blood sugar and get fat.
If you are juicing add some pulp back in. It will help with blood sugar spikes. But really... I recommend doing smoothies instead. Good fiber and using the whole thing. I get in SO many veggies doing green smoothies with avocado, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, ginger root, herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley if savory, a lot of fresh mint if sweet). You can add coconut water and some fruit to make a sweet green drink. Plus there is a lot of room for healing spices like cinnamon for inflammation, turmeric, cayanne, etc.
Here's a fairly recent post by Mark: [url=http://www.marksdailyapple.com/vegetable-juicing-g-bombs-blood-sugar-and-hot-workouts/#axzz2LzGNTqCr]Dear Mark: Vegetable Juicing, G_BOMBS, Blood Sugar, and Hot Workouts | Mark's Daily Apple[/url]
Just personally, I like green smoothies because they're an easy way for me to get veggies I might skip and because they taste good. Also because small appliances with only one use tend to become more of a nuisance to me than anything else. Bread maker (pre-primal), juicer, and ice cream maker - all ended up given to friends who invariably asked a year later if I minded if they put them in their yard sales.
I have a buddy who can't get past the texture of green smoothies. If that's the case, juicing would be good. Others have already mentioned being mindful of the amount of fruits because of the sugar content.
I have a buddy who can't get past the texture of green smoothies. If that's the case, juicing would be good.[/QUOTE]
Avocado can really help with green smoothie texture .. helps make them more smooth and creamy, rather than grassy and chunky.
I have a Vitamix which helps with texture a LOT even without avos. I understand that it is a VERY pricy appliance, but I saved up and made the investment and pretty much replaced a lot of other appliances with this one! I use it for soups and dips and pestos and paleo ice cream and aaall sorts of goodies. i can also make my own almond meal in it!
Anyway, not a vitamix add. try avocados. ;)
We own both, but use the Vitamix for smoothies tons more. I bought the juicer when my first kid was a young child on the advice of our Chinese pediatrician who advised parents on how to help get over lots of childhood stuff naturally/holistically if you asked her how. Between her recommendations and the herbs we used, following her instructions, we avoided some courses of antibiotics that way.
I personally am of the camp where fruit should be eaten whole and not juiced, but between medicinal uses, and the occasional use for a kid who otherwise wouldn't get much produce (fruit or veggie), I will be the last to demonize it. Like a lot of things in life, barring special circumstances, just don't let it get out of hand.
I'd go for smoothies in a blender rather than juicing for all the fiber/less blood sugar spikes/nutitional benifits mentioned plus the fact that bacon dosn't clog a blender ;)
RichMahogany - you can have that tip for free :)
I love my juicer! I could drink carrot/apple every day and never tire of it.