Are You Making One of These 6 Juicing Mistakes?
- Using too many fruits, not enough vegetables
This is a common mistake that people make about juice in general, both homemade and store-bought. Fruits are healthy, yes, but they also contain sugar, some more than others. (You should also watch out for carrots and beets as well) And while it is true that the fructose in fruits is accompanied by vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, this does not cancel out the sugar content. And because people tend to use more fruits when they juice than when they eat the fruit whole, the amount of sugar can add up a lot quicker than you might think.
In other words, all of the health benefits that come from juicing are being heavily weighed down by the harm that sugar can cause. This is why we recommend using either a) fruits that are low in sugar or b) only using one piece of fruit per concoction; we have personally found that apples complement a lot of vegetable flavors, so this is often our go-to.
- Neglecting the balance
So many people just throw all of their favorites into the juicer and expect the outcome to be delicious, and are surprised when it is overpowering. There is simply too much bold flavor. The trick to creating delicious juice is to remember to add a vegetable that tones down the other flavors and enhances them; watery vegetables are best suited to this purpose, so add in foods like cucumber and celery that will dilute the effects of the other ingredients.
- Making it in bulk/Not drinking it right away
Timing matters in juicing. Air causes the nutrients in juice to oxidize and decreases the effectiveness of its enzymes. As soon as your fresh juice hits the air, its nutritional value starts to depreciate. To obtain the most benefit from your juice, prepare it right before you want to drink it, only make as much as you need, and drink it ASAP. (Note: this does not mean that you should guzzle it; you can drink it slowly, just make sure you do so immediately after it is done). If nutrient retention is incredibly important to you, you should consider purchasing a masticating, rather than centrifugal, juicer like the Omega J8004.
- Not drinking it on an empty stomach
If nutrient intake is something with which you are concerned (and it probably should be), then timing when you drink your juice is quite important. The body absorbs nutrients best when the stomach is empty, so don’t have a glass of fresh juice with dinner; instead, enjoy it 10 to 20 minutes before you eat your meal.
- Failing to go green
Lots of green, leafy vegetables are essential to any juicer, particularly those looking to live healthier, because they are FULL of vital nutrients. In fact, the bulk of your juicer’s contents should be green veggies, such as romaine lettuce and kale. They do not cause blood sugar spikes and they contain vitamin A, chlorophyll, and vitamin C, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron. Please note, however, that most leafy greens do not yield an incredible amount of juice, so it can take quite a large amount to produce any kind of significant amount
- Failing to chew and drinking too fast
Digestion starts in the mouth, where enzymes in saliva start breaking down the food to facilitate the passage of nutrients from your mouth to your cells. Granted, “chewing” juice sounds a bit strange, but what you are trying to do is mix it with your saliva to get your enzymes involved early on. This helps your body digest the juice faster than it normally would if you had simply gulped it down like a shot of tequila.