Juicing: 6 Facts You Must Know Before You Start
- Juicing is not a replacement for eating whole fruits and vegetables.
Consuming only the juice of fruits and vegetables wastes some of their health benefits. While juicing is a great way to take in many nutrients, such as various vitamins and beta-carotene, it cannot supply you with as many antioxidants (which are very important for fighting cancer) or as much fiber, as these are mainly found in the skin and peels of fruits and vegetables and therefore do not make it into the juice.
In other words, yes, you still have to eat (and chew) your vegetables.
- Be mindful of your sugar intake.
Most fruit is full of sugar (fructose). Granted, it is the natural kind, but the body does not tend to tell the difference between sugar received from healthy fruit and sugar received from eating a bag of Jolly Ranchers (my personal guilty pleasure). One of the most common mistakes people make is using too much fruit and not enough vegetables, particularly leafy greens. Beginners are advised to look to experienced juicers and their recipes before experimenting on their own.
- You will be doing a LOT of shopping
Granted, this will depend on how much you actually end up juicing, but fruits and vegetables do not yield incredibly quantities of juice, though this does depend on the specific types that you use. In general, however, you will be purchasing a lot of produce to make small amounts of juice, and this is in addition to the veggies you need to buy to eat separately. If you are not prepared for this, juicing may not be for you.
- It’s not cheap
All of those shopping trips add up, and a good juicer can be an expensive appliance. (And it is important to buy a quality juicer, so as to not waste the produce that you buy for it) Juicing should be considered a luxury, as there are other steps you can take to improve your health that do not involve juice. However, with that said:
- Beginners do not need to drop a lot of money on a juicer.
A good juicer for a beginner should cost from around $100 to $150. This may sound like a lot but, trust us, that is the probably the lowest price range in which you will find a decent juicer. For this amount, you will be purchasing a centrifugal juicer, rather than a masticating, or cold-press juicer. While the former does not produce juice of the same quality of the latter, they are perfectly well-suited for the beginner. We like to recommend the Breville BJE200XL or the Cuisinart CJE-1000, which offer plenty of performance and build quality for a low price. (To see our full reviews of both, click on the links) After a while, when you have figured out if juicing is for you, then we recommend to moving up to a higher-quality model, perhaps a masticating juicer like the Omega TWN30S Twin Gear Juicer, which is one of the pricier juicers that we have reviewed, but also one of our favorites.
- It’s easy to forget about the calories
Many people make the mistake of adding juicing to their diet without making any other adjustments, which can lead to overeating. Juice has calories, just like any other food, so if you add juice to your diet, you need to take something else away. We often recommend replacing a daily snack with juice, or giving up sweet guilty pleasures for the healthier sweetness of juice.
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