Many people who are concerned about their health have come to understand the significance of fruits and vegetables in maintaining their bodies free of pollutants and well-nourished with vitamins and minerals. However, some experts have cautioned against consuming juice instead of actual food. Juicing, in the opinion of certain organizations, is a fantastic detox and energy booster.
What's the real verdict on juice consumption—is it healthy or unhealthy?
Before we get into whether juicing is "good" or "bad," let's first define the term. The whole process of extracting juices from fruits /vegetables is known as juicing. It is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to provide nutrition to your body. Because juices are liquid (or semi-liquid if the pulp is included), the body can digest and absorb essential nutrients in less time.
You can no longer compare buying artificial juice drinks found in supermarkets to juicing, no matter how the carton claims to be "100% natural." This is because commercially available juices either contain a preservative (such as calorie-laden sugar) or have been subjected to shelf life-extending processes such as pasteurization (which raises the temperature to 120 degrees and kills bacteria).
Drinking freshly extracted juice from vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, can supply you with a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that promote better health. Juicing allows you to consume more good stuff in a few gulps - let's face it, not everyone enjoys eating fruits and vegetables, let alone vegetables.
How to make juice :
Fresh juice can be made by simply squeezing the juice from a fruit or vegetable (such as an orange or tomato) or by using juicers that can separate or break down their natural fibers.
You can choose between two types of juicing machines: centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers. The most common type found in stores is the centrifugal juicer. It works by pulverizing the fruit or vegetable and spinning it at high speeds to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice is poured into a bowl automatically.
A masticating juicer works similarly to your teeth, grinding or kneading your fruit or vegetable into a pulp and squeezing out the juice. Masticating juicers are more efficient in juicing than centrifugal juicers because they work at a low speed and do not spin fruit or vegetables.
The benefits of juicing
1.Stronger immune system
2.Aids in cell regeneration and growth
3.Increases metabolic rate
4.Detoxifies your system
So is juicing always good for you?
According to nutrition experts, the main issue with juicing is that it can pack a lot of calories and sugar into a single serving (especially if you're juicing fruits). It can cause weight gain in people who do not counteract it with exercise, just like any other high-calorie diet.
When you juice vegetables or fruits, you are creating processed food. When you eat something that has already been broken down or "processed," all of the nutrition is immediately released into the body. When you eat a whole fruit or vegetable, the entire thing will take about 30 minutes to digest. Aside from that, when you drink juice, you tend to consume more fruits and vegetables than you normally would. Juicing allows you to consume an entire tray of fruits without feeling bloated, as opposed to eating them whole. Imagine consuming a smoothie made up of 5 large mangoes and 5 bananas in a matter of minutes - that's like dumping all of those carbs and sugar into your system at once!
How much juice should we drink in a day?
Not much. The average person requires only one cup (about 250ml) of fresh pure juice per day. Drinking a lot more every day may cause an imbalance in the body and result in the opposite of what you're aiming for. So, if you're used to drinking a full liter of fruit juice per day (imagine how much sugar that contains!) you should cut back or mix it with more water to compensate for the quantity.