JuicingThose who find munching through heaped plates full of leafy greens, fruit, and veg to be quite the chore have embraced the recent craze for consuming their 5-a-day (and sometimes more) in just one juice.

Health conscious people everywhere are being spotted clutching thick, luminous green, frothy juices in their hands. As toxic as these juices may look on the outside they are actually jam packed full of healthy nutrients. Juicing may have once had a hippy stigma attached to it, but it’s now been made popular and accessible to anyone who fancies guzzling down the entire contents of their fridge’s veg draw in one go.

Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, Miranda Kerr and Sarah Jessica Parker are rarely spotted without a green juice in their hands these days and all fully support the trend. But just how healthy is juicing? And is it actually healthier to cold-press your fruit and veg than it is to eat it whole?

The Pros

Juicing is a convenient way of ensuring that you get your 5-a-day. Wake up and throw a cucumber, 2 apples, 2 handfuls of spinach, a beetroot, a carrot and a stick of celery into your juicer and you’ve already had your 5-a-day before it’s even 9am! Juicing makes it easy to consume a couple of platefuls of fruit and veg through a straw in just one sitting and so is particularly useful for those who struggle to eat their 5-a-day because they would prefer to have a kitkat for elevensies than they would an apple. One juice first thing in the morning can provide you with a much needed hit of nutrients to get your day off to a great start.

Some juicing enthusiasts also claim that juice is better for you because your body can absorb the nutrients better when you consume them in a liquid form; however there is no solid proof that this is true.

The Cons

Reducing your fruit and veg to a pulp means that not quite all of it reaches your juice. The pulp that is left behind is mostly made up of the healthy fibre so you’re losing out on this when you juice.

Chopping up and juicing such a large amount of fruit and veg can be a bit of a palaver, especially if you’re doing it first thing in the morning. You can’t make a large batch to drink throughout the week either as freshly squeezed juice can develop harmful bacteria if left and loses its nutritious value the longer that you leave it so it’s important you drink it fresh out of the juicer.

Many people fail to eat their 5-a-day and so are lacking many of the vital nutrients that keep us healthy in their diet. Juicing provides people that may have otherwise missed out on their 5-a-day with an easy way of getting many important nutrients into their diets.

Originally posted 2013-11-21 12:51:22.

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