Is Green Juice Healthy?

Green juice has definitely become one of the top food trends in 2015. With a market estimated at $100 million a year and with major support from celebrities, it does not seem as though the juicing trend will ever stop. But should it? Is green juice as healthy as the advertising has made it appear?

According to five experts in the TIME magazine article “Should You Drink Green Juice?”, green juice is definitely a trend that should continue. With a typical recipe containing ingredients such as apples, cucumbers, kale, lemon, ginger, and celery, green juice is actually very healthy and is a great way to get your daily intake of vegetables. “A store-bought, veggie-heavy green juice can contain 36% of your daily recommended potassium and 20% of daily vitamin A, with 12 grams of natural sugar, no fat and 4 grams of protein.”

In addition to nutritional benefits, green juice has numerous health benefits:

  1. Heart Health

In one study done at Yonsei Health Center Yonsei University, thirty-two men were given less than a cup of green juice a day for three months to see whether or not green juice might improve cholesterol. The study found that the cholesterol was improved by 52%.

  1. Diabetes

Dr. Lydia Bazzano, a physician and director of the Center for Lifespan Epidemiology Research at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, conducted a study to see the association between green juice intake and the development of diabetes. Over the course of 18 years, 71,000 female nurses aging from 38 to 63 years old self-reported their food intake. The study found that drinking green juice was linked to reducing the risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

  1. Weight Loss

In one study, adults who drank at least eight ounces of vegetable juice lost four pounds over the course of twelve weeks. The other adults who did not drink the juice in the study only lost one pound. The study’s results proved that decreasing overall carbohydrate intake has an impact on weight loss.

  1. Brain Health

In a study from the American Journal of Medicine, researchers tested whether the consumption of green juice decreased Alzheimer’s disease in the Kame Project cohort. Their longitudinal research study found that participants who drank green juice more than three times a week, were 76% percent less likely to develop Alzheimers disease.

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With so many vegetables and fruits that contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, green juice is a very healthy option and a great trend to be a part of. However, even though many people know about green juice and have heard of its health benefits, a majority of people still choose to not drink it because of its color. In a survey by Jamba Juice, their study revealed that 28% of people “fear the look” of green juice and 32% of people involved in the survey also said green juice is their least favorite type of juice. However, despite the negative reputation, 32% of people in that study said they believe that green juice is the healthiest option. It is important to remember that even though green juice may not look the best, it will make you feel energized and improve your body’s health!

 

Sources Used:

http://www.vogue.com.au/beauty/wellbeing/galleries/11+models+and+celebrities+share+their+green+juice+and+smoothie+recipes,33461

http://time.com/3818098/green-juice-kale-healthy/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18548846

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2453647/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/04/19/juicing-benefits.aspx

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16945610

http://ir.jambajuice.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=192409&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1898889

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4 thoughts on “Is Green Juice Healthy?

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  2. Sang Hyun Cho

    Over the years I saw a spike in the different kinds of juices on the grocery isle. I remember back in the days where OJ and apple juice were the only choices. I wished I read a little more on the affect green juice has on specific kinds of people. It’s hard to put confidence on a study when they generalize the whole population as a specific kind of person. For example, green juice might have a different or even greater affect on people with higher levels of cholesterol. This article provided a good study where they had multiple groups of different people . It was a great article and very well written.

  3. Emma Kilyk

    With the habit of “juicing” becoming more and more popular, I think it was very smart of you to research such an increasingly prevalent topic so we would know whether or not green juice is actually healthy or simply a product of creative marketing! I found this study, which researched and compared the amount of antioxidants among different vegetables common in green juice. The study found that kale had a high amount of antioxidant minerals while celery and cucumber were poor in antioxidant minerals! This makes sense given the general knowledge that dark, leafy greens (like kale) tend to have more nutritional value than do other, blander vegetables such as celery and cucumber. Therefore, we can conclude from these results that kale juice is healthier (when regarding antioxidant amounts) than is celery or cucumber-based juice.

  4. sdm5399

    http://www.thekitchn.com/how-color-affects-your-percept-96524 This article isn’t a scientific resource, but it definitely got me thinking in conjunction with your article! Is it possible that the observed effects of food as it is eaten could be in some kind of physiological combo with eating foods of your favorite color, or foods that have a predisposed positive effect for someone due to their color? For example I love bananas, but I also love the color yellow…and I honestly can’t tell if my two preferences of each are causal or mutually exclusive and coincidental.

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