Should You Juice Your Fruits and Veggies?

I come from a town where everyone always wants to try the latest juice cleanse. Personally, I have never seen the point in only drinking juice for 4-5 days. Even though juice cleanses are popular all across the world, I want to know if they are actually safe. Are people actually hurting their health when they go on a cleanse?

Before I can begin to describe the dangers of a juice cleanse, I must first describe what it is. Actually, it is exactly what it sounds like. Lasting for a few days or several weeks, cleansers limit their diets to fresh veggies, fruit juices, and water. Everything in this fast focuses on freshly made, unpasteurized juice. While there are many juice cleanse product manufacturers, some people prefer to make their juices at home.

The reality is that some of the truths about juice cleanses are not that pretty. Here is a list of all the reasons why one should take precaution before undergoing a juice cleanse:

  1. Dangerous for some people
    • The juices actually contain more sugar than regularly prepared foods. People undergoing chemotherapy, diabetics, and people with nutritional deficiencies can run the risk of skyrocketed blood-sugar levels. These can then lead to fatigue, rapid weight loss, blurry vision, and slow healing of infections and wounds. Also, excessive juice consumption can encourage potassium build up in the blood.
  2. Juicing removes nutrients from whole fruits and vegetables
    • Dietician Jennifer K. Nelson says that their is no scientific evidence that makes extracted juices healthier than the juice found in a whole fruit or vegetable. In fact, while the final liquid of juicing contains most of the vitamins and minerals found in the whole fruit, it lacks the healthy fiber that is in whole fruits and vegetables. This removal of nutrients can also affect blood-sugar levels.
  3. Not as filling as whole fruits and veggies
    • Studies show that eating and chewing food satisfies the stomach better than just drinking it. Also, the loss of fiber as mentioned above rises the rate of consumption in the stomach. If the fiber wasn’t lost, then the fiber would have helped slow consumption.
  4. Not an effective way to lose weight and keep it off
    • The chances of you losing weight on a juice cleanse is high, but the chance of you maintaining that weight is low. Dr. James Dillard from the Columbia University College of Physicians claims that the wight lost in a juice cleanse is just water weight. Water weight is very easy to gain back.
    • New York Times writer Judith Newman recently went on a juice cleanse. She observed that juices cleanses actually lower ones metabolism. If juice cleanses are done enough, metabolism can actually be permanently lowered.
  5. There is nothing in the body that needs to be detoxed
    • Our bodies already have natural detectors! These are our livers, kidneys, and intestines! There is no need in putting our bodies through a strenuous diet when our bodies are already working tirelessly to filter out unwanted things. Chemical scientist Dr. John Emsley said our bodies are “very good at eliminating all the nasties.”

Even though juice cleanses are a big fad right now, people should still be careful. Is it really worth putting the body through such a limited diet? Before taking on a juice cleanse, one should weigh the risks to see if it is really worth it.

3 thoughts on “Should You Juice Your Fruits and Veggies?

  1. Aidan Quinn Graham

    I really liked that this post presented us with a practice that is commonly thought of as “good” and then explained why it may not be the case. I, for one, never thought there would be any substantial drawback to juicing, so this was surprising to me.

    The thing I liked the most was the may you adressed, point by point, every misconception about juicing in bullet point fashion. This, in my opinion, was the best way to convey your point. Great post!

  2. Hunter Alexander Mycek

    I’ve seen some pretty convincing anecdotal stories about how juicing is an effective way to cleanse and reset your body. There’s an interesting Netflix documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” in which an overweight Australian man with a weird nervous system disorder decides to only drink vegetable juice… for months. I suggest you check it out if this kind of stuff interests you. The reason I bring it up is because by the end of his juicing, his weird, life-altering disease has dissipated and he no longer has to take the myriad prescription pills to get rid of it. I think it would help your blog to mention his journey or to cite a study looking into this!

  3. Rory McGowan

    My main issue with this whole juice fad is that it seems to be yet another snake-oil pitch that relies more on the trendiness of the individuals expounding praise in their name rather than the cold hard science behind their benefit. I couldn’t help but laugh when you mentioned that we really don’t need an external, detoxifying diet. We don’t! We have various organs dedicated to regulating toxins throughout our body! The whole movement seems like a sham.

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