Many articles or other sources that attempt to cast juicing in a negative light use the “juice is too high in sugars” argument. While fruit juices can be high in sugars, many people who are into juicing (us included) do not drink mainly fruit juices. We drink a mix of fruit and vegetable juice, and many of our juices are very much on the green vegetable side.
Those whom do not know a lot about juicing or who are newer to it may think that most juicers are guzzling down loads of fruit juice all day long. This is so far from the truth! Since I’ve been reading many of these kinds of uneducated and just plain bogus articles lately, I decided to shine some light on this topic!
Most Juicers Drink A Lot Of Green Vegetable Juice
I’m not sure where everyone’s been, but you don’t have to look too far to notice that most juicers mix a lot of vegetable juices in with their fruits. Most of us use green ingredients such as kale, spinach, broccoli, chard, lettuces, fennel, herbs, cucumbers, celery, and all kinds of other green vegetables in our juices. In fact on our website here this is the kind of juicing we highly recommend.
Do we still drink some fruit juice? Sure we do, but it is mainly a treat or something we use to help balance out the stronger flavors of green vegetables. Many people consume sugar all day and a lot of it doesn’t include even a minuscule amount of the nutrition that you’ll find inside of juice.
Those Who Are Newer To Juicing
It may be true that many people who are newer to juicing will sometimes include more fruit juice than those whom have been juicing for a longer period of time. The thing is a lot of these people are coming from a place where their diet consists of huge amounts of sugary beverages and foods! They come to juicing because they’re trying to get off of all of the soda (cola) , candy, donuts, cakes, pies, ice cream, and other junk foods they’re eating all day long! They aren’t going to drink green juice from day one! It simply doesn’t appeal to them yet!
In order to make the transition from all of the junk foods they’re currently eating and over to something healthier like juicing they need to start somewhere. Fruit juice is a good substitute at first for all of the empty calorie foods they are consuming.
Fruit Juice Includes Loads Of Nutrients!
That’s right! The sugars in fruit juice are accompanied by high amounts of nutrients. These include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and a whole lot more! Generally speaking green juices do contain much more nutrition than fruit juices, but compared to most other sugary foods or beverages fruits contain massive amounts of nutrients. It’s definitely not like you’re just pouring a bunch of sugar down your throat.
Where’s The Press On Everything Else That Is Loaded With Sugar?
I tend to read quite a bit on health topics, and come across my fair share of all kinds of articles. Something interesting I’ve noticed is that when many of these articles talk about other kinds of foods that include a whole lot of sugar there seems to be a silence. For example you hear yogurt being touted as something healthy in many articles, yet rarely is it mentioned that most yogurt is loaded with sugar! While yogurt does also come with some fiber to slow down the absorption of that sugar, it’s not really a huge amount of fiber. I’m definitely not singling yogurt out here, because there are many other foods in this category but I just wanted to throw out an example there.
It’s Widely Accepted That People Eat Sugary Snacks and Drink Junky Beverages
Another inconsistency you’ll notice is that it is widely accepted that even the healthiest people will “cheat” on their diets and eat sugary junk foods such as candy bars, cake, ice cream, donuts, or all kinds of other “treats” and drink sugary beverages every once in awhile, yet HOLY COW you better watch out if you drink a juice! It’s got some sugar in it! Again, this sugar is accompanied by a kind of nutrition you won’t find in any of these “foods” mentioned above, but a lot of the time that isn’t even mentioned.
Ok, we’ve established that fruit juice does contain higher amounts of sugar, but that sugar is accompanied by high amounts of nutrition. What about the rest of the juice that most of us juicers actually drink most of the time?
Green Juicing and Juice Cleansing
I mentioned above that many juicers actually drink vegetable juice that is sometimes flavored by fruit juices. This is more of what juicing is really about, yet this is precisely where most slanted negative on juicing articles miss the mark! These especially love to target juice cleansing and talk about how drinking fruit juice all day is bad. Who the heck is saying to drink fruit juice all day long while doing a juice cleanse? We most definitely are not!
Some Basic Juice Cleansing 101 Info
When doing a juice cleanse you want the majority of the juice you drink to be green juice! Will some of the the juice you drink during a juice cleanse be fruit juice? Sure it will. Does some of the food you drink or any of the beverages you drink during a day contain sugar? Of course they do! Does this mean you must absolutely not consume any sugar at all ever? For most people, of course it doesn’t!
Many of the benefits you receive during a juice cleanse come from the green juices you are drinking! These juices are very low in sugars, yet extremely high in nutrition. The variety of nutrients inside of them contribute to the overall benefits you can receive from doing a juice cleanse the right way.
Straight Fruit Juice Is A Treat and We Know That!
Drinking straight fruit juice in large quantities is not a great idea in the long run. Doing it a few times though won’t kill most people! I enjoy an orange juice here and there and suffer no problems from that, in fact I know the kinds of nutrients it contains so I do it happily! Do I guzzle ridiculous amounts of it all of the time? Of course I don’t!
I also eat a lot of my fruit, as well as vegetables because I know that the fiber in them is a good thing. Does this mean that I must only eat fruits and vegetables and never drink juices made from them? Oh my… See what I mean?
For Those Who Suffer With High Blood Sugar Issues or Diabetes
Those who have issues with blood sugar levels, and/or diabetes will of course want to be careful and limit the amount of fruit juice they drink. They also need to be careful of taking in too much sugar from any source; however, it is true that fruit juice can cause large blood sugar spikes. This is due to the fact that it does not contain most of the fiber that the juice was packaged up in. Fiber does slow down the absorption rate of sugar and also many of the nutrients found in juice.
Even if you do not have blood sugar issues or diabetes it would be wise to not continuously drink large amounts of fruit juice. Are there some people who can do this and be fine? I’m sure there are, but we don’t recommend doing it in the long run.
Green Juice Can Actually Help With Blood Sugar Issues
On the other hand many people have actually rid themselves of blood sugar issues, and diabetes through the power of green juicing. There are many minerals and other nutrients inside of green juice that actually help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Many people who make changes in their diet and include green juice now find themselves living a happy and healthy life!
Is Juicing What You Thought It Was?
So, as you can see juicing isn’t quite what most of those “juicing is bad because all of the sugar” articles make it out to be! Most of us that advocate juicing actively promote juicing as many vegetables, and especially green vegetables as you can. The fruit juice that accompanies it is really for purposes of flavoring. Most people are not going to jump right into a big ole kale, celery, cucumber, and ginger juice at first, but they will if it has a little apple juice in it!
When I first began juicing and before I did a juice cleanse I thought I was going to be drinking straight fruit juice all of the time. I actually grew up drinking apple juice, grape juice, orange juice, and oh did I love some pineapple/mango juice! So, my view of juicing was that also.
This is why I completely understand how easy it is to get confused about juicing, and know where many people are coming from when they think about what it is. I’ve got a confession actually. The thought of drinking green juice at first to me was not very appealing! I had to flavor it with some fruit juice. But now I love green juice, and some of my green juices are straight 100% practically no sugar green juices!
If you’re just getting started with juicing or want to learn more I recommend that you read our juicing for beginners article. It’s got a lot of info for new juicers, and even some for those who have been juicing a bit longer.
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