FRUIT OR JUICE
Everyday in the hospital I have a very usual scene of people bringing juice for the patients. Even though they are not allowed to give the outside food. But they always argue with me that they are giving the nutritious thing why we are stopping them. Also in my day to day routine I come across this notion that having juice is a healthy option most people tend to have.
I always ask my clients about why they think having juice is a healthy option?
I differ on this...why let me explain...
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber. Some believe that without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn't have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. Juicing is being emphasised for weight loss, body detoxification, and the treatment and prevention of everything from the common cold to cancer.
When it comes to detoxing, there is no substantiated scientific evidence to affirm that the body needs an outside source to accomplish this. Our body does an excellent job of this on its own; our liver, kidneys, lungs, and intestines filter the unwanted toxins from our body and expel them through urine, bowel movements, breath and sweat.
If we have to see from a "cleansing" perspective, the most beneficial natural colon "cleanse" is actually dietary fiber. It is needed to produce regular bowel movements which remove waste and toxins from the body; in addition, fiber feeds the good bacteria in our gut that play an important role in keeping our immune system working properly.
Unfortunately, it is stripped away during the process of juicing. Fiber offers other important health benefits as well. It provides satiety keeping us feeling full after eating, lowers cholesterol, and regulates blood sugar. All of these benefits are missing from juice.
With regard to weight loss, juicing can be part of healthy eating plan if done sensibly. In order to have a nutritionally complete weight loss plan, you will need to include adequate protein and fat, along with the carbohydrates and micronutrients from juice, to keep your body functioning properly. But replacing all or most solid food with juice is not a good idea. You probably will lose weight because you're cutting out all of the fat from your diet and drastically lowering your caloric intake. But you'll most likely put it right back on when you start eating whole foods again because the weight you lost was mostly water weight. And as with most very low calorie diets, when the body thinks it's starving, it lowers metabolism because it doesn't know when it's going to get more food. If you do this often and long enough, it could potentially lower your metabolism permanently. It is not an effective way to lose weight and keep it off. Instead, the most successful weight-loss strategies are sustainable, meaning you can incorporate them into your lifestyle long-term.
In general, eating whole fruits and vegetables is better than juicing. The healthiest diets include whole grains, lean sources of protein, healthy fats, and, yes, whole fruits and vegetables. And if you're willing to replace your usual midmorning high caloric snack with a juice, it's hard to argue against that.
Here's another (probably better) option…blend up a smoothie. Blending simply combines all the ingredients you place in your blender, leaving the pulp and fiber intact. When trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, smoothies can be used as a meal replacement or a snack. Fruit and veggie smoothies can be a healthy addition to any eating plan as long as you maintain balance and portion control.
HOPE IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOU ...
NEXT TIME IT WOULD BE EASY FOR YOU TO CHOOSE.
THINK HEALTHY BE HEALTHY...KEEP SMILING.