“Is juicing making you fat?” asks the Daily Mail in an article claiming that experts warn juicing is “as bad as Coca-Cola.” According to the article juicing is to blame for weight GAIN, diabetes and dental problems.
So this new juicing fad is bad for our health. That is what one Daily Mail journalist wants us to believe. Her article about the new fad that is “popular with A listers and royals” warns how juicing might not be so healthy after all.
Apparently 83 per cent of us Brits “gulp down” a juice at least once a week and our “addiction to juice” is being partially responsible for the nation’s weight gain as well as the spread of type 2 diabetes dental problems.
Seriously, is this for real? If we are talking about 83 per cent of Brits drinking juice, then I think it is safe to say we are NOT talking about freshly extracted juices. I have no doubt that statistic is based on the highly processed cartons of juice sold in shops and pubs that often has a shelf life longer than the person drinking it.
I don’t think the ‘science’ they reference is talking about vegetable juices either, as almost every reference is to apples or oranges.
What About the Sugar? What About the Fibre?
If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard those questions I would be writing this post from the beach! The article compares juicing with a Cadbury’s Wispa chocolate bar. Is this for real? Does anybody really believe the highly refined sugars used in products like this are comparable to the natural sugars in natures finest produce?
And as for the fibre, it is only the juice that feeds your cells. Sure, we need some fibre in our diets but juices have soluble fibre in them. Oh, and most people who make juicing part of a balanced and sustainable lifestyle eat solid foods too!
Making Juice at Home Is Dangerous
That is another myth the article wants you to believe. It says:
“According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, bugs in the fruit pose additional dangers. It cautions that all raw food can harbour pathogens that cause vomiting, diarrhoea and — in worst-case scenarios — conditions like hepatitis and even kidney failure.”
So we should only eat cooked or pasteurised foods now? The article suggests we should eat whole fruits and veggies instead of juicing them. This bit of scaremonger surely means we should never eat an apple (or anything else) unless we cook it first? Yet, I think we ALL know that cooking food reduces it’s nutritional value.
Oh, and if you leave your juice six days before you drink it up to a quarter of vitamin C content will be lost. Six days? Unless you are freezing juices I would never keep them more than 72 hours (and that is only when using cold press juicer).
The part about never cleaning your teeth straight after drinking juice I agree with, but even that has been massively exaggerated by this piece of poorly researched journalism.
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