Juicing has become more and more popular nowadays. With popularity come lots of myths. Here are 4 of the most popular myths about juicing that are, well, myths. A lot of people believe them to be true, but they’re actually not. Read on to find out what those myths are and why they’re completely false.
Myth #1: You can completely cleanse your body with a juice fast.
You know those fasts where someone drinks nothing but freshly juiced fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time, like a week or even a month? Well, it’s not so good for you. Yes, freshly juiced fruits and vegetables do contain a lot of antioxidants and nutrients, but they don’t actually hold everything you need. If you’re ingesting nothing but juice in place of food, you’re depriving your body of fiber and protein. Actually, your muscles will start breaking down just so your body could get enough protein, and that’s an unhealthy process. You’ll end up weaker and more fatigued than you were when you started the juice fast. What most people don’t seem to realize that fiber and many other important nutrients are situated in the skin and pulp, which you usually discard after juicing. Plus, you don’t really need to cleanse your body, because it has a natural detoxifying system that will get rid of toxins all on its own.
Myth #2: Juicing helps you lose weight.
The sad truth is that juice is a concentrated source of calories. While fruits and vegetables are good for you, they’re not completely fat-free or low-cal. Simply drinking juice all day won’t help you shed some pounds. Instead, you need to exercise and/or reduce your food intake. You would be surprised at how many calories an average glass of juice contains.
Myth #3: The fancier your juicer is, the healthier the juice will come out.
Okay, this myth doesn’t really make sense, but people actually believe it. They think that a super expensive juicer will produce the healthiest juice, so they go out and plunk down $500 on one when there are many perfectly good $100 juicers that will do the job just fine. While shopping for a juicer, only pay attention to what the juicer is capable of doing. Can it juice hard vegetables like beets or carrots? Will it be able to handle all the fruits and vegetables you want to run through it? Is it going to last a long time? If you find a cheap juicer that meets all your needs, by all means go for it!
Myth #4: Green juice is the best kind of juice there is.
For some reason, people seem to think that a glass of green juice is far healthier than, let’s say, a glass of strawberry/orange/kiwi juice. You know what they say – the more colorful your diet, the healthier you are. Of course, green juice (that contains green vegetables, such as wheat grass, kale, spinach, or parsley) is good for you, but it isn’t the only thing you should drink. Other juice blends that aren’t green are just as healthy. Each fruit or vegetable comes with its own list of health benefits, some of them just so happen to not be green. However, keep in mind that if you do end up drinking green juice, be sure to ingest the pulp as well in order to get the same full benefit of eating the green fruits and vegetables in their entirety.