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Juice it or not juice it”, that is the question!

I was sucked in by the trend of juicing last year too. I washed my old juicer and off it went in, oranges, apples, you name it. It didn’t take long to develop eczema on my hands. At first I didn’t make the connection but my mum actually connected the dots for me. I had a food analysis done what food including fruits I can eat and what I should avoid. So no juiced oranges for me for sure! Check out the research below.

The rising popularity of juicers poses an unseen threat to public health, experts have warned.

Scientists say that we often underestimate the quantity of sugar in juiced drinks and that despite the success of books promoting them, once food has been through a juicer it becomes considerably less worthy than the ingredients list may make it appear.

The problem is that when fruit is put through a juicer, the pulp (or fibre) is separated from the juice and discarded. It still retains all its sugars but has lost the fibre that is crucial to regulating the absorption of natural sugars in the body and slowing their digestion.

The public need to be aware

that any nutritional benefits of fruit juice are vastly outweighed by the staggering amount of liquid sugar it contains,” said Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist based in London. “A standard glass can contain well above over the maximum daily limit recommended by the World Health Organisation of six teaspoons.

“Consumption of fruit juice has been strongly linked to increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is now at an all-time high in the UK. In my view, fruit juice represents a significant health hazard.”

Nutritionists have previously warned

that the juicing industry was selling its products as healthy, using sleight of hand. Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, told the Chicago Tribune: “The fruit juice industry has essentially taken the ‘apple-a-day’ mentality and used it to sell fruit juices as healthy.” He pointed out that while in normal life we would eat two oranges and be full, with juicers we could eat six and not have our appetite affected in any appreciable way.

Jason Vale, also known as the Juice Master, has been called the “Jamie Oliver of juicing”. He claims that his books, among them 7lbs in 7 days: The Juice Master Diet, have sold 3 million copies — and that the wisdom contained in them helped him to beat psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever and obesity.

Using a standard kitchen blender to blend fruit rather than juice it is recommended as a healthier choice because the fibre is retained in the process. Nutritionists also recommend creating juices made predominantly of vegetables because they contain less sugar.

Action on Sugar, a campaign group against high sugar consumption, said it believed the juicing craze could be contributing to a rise in diabetes and pre-diabetes “particularly if people are drinking more juice as opposed to smoothies, which contain fibre too and therefore may be less of a problem”.

Via: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article4487842.ece

So there you have it! You thought you are doing a lot of good for yourself but the opposite might be the truth. In today’s busy way of living most of us want a quick but effective solution, right?

What if you could have a juice without the sugar but with the fibre, guaranteed quality all the time and at a reasonable cost?

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4 Comments

  • Eva

    February 22, 02 2016 08:44:48

    Nice article, this is why I love the Nutribullet and similar blenders, it keeps all the goodness in the drink and whizzes it all up so smooth so our body can take what it needs easily!

    • Lucie

      February 29, 02 2016 09:11:00

      Thank you for your comment, Eva. Great to know you found your way 🙂

  • Natalija Cameron

    February 24, 02 2016 03:36:49

    I absolutely agree with this! That’s one of the reasons we don’t juice as much any more. When we do we always dilute the juice at least half water and half juice. We do the same for all store bought juices as well when we do buy them. Thank you for this post have shared it. ☺

    • Lucie

      February 29, 02 2016 09:10:13

      Glad you found the post useful, Natalija. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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