What’s in your juice is a lot of hogwash – Pulping some myths around the juicing fad

What’s in your juice is a lot of hogwash

Pulping some myths around the juicing fad

The new crave seems to be people throwing back, pre-made, cold pressed juice, sold to have green dreams and home grown hopes of nutrients. But in actuality, this expensive habit really isn’t doing our bodies any justice.

As much as we want to put our trust in this futuristic form of food pills, unfortunately, we do not live in age similar to the Jetsons. So we are sorry to say that these cool looking juice drinks we line our fridges with are actually hurting our wallet, hurting our diet, and probably polluting our environment.

Juice skips the good parts

Each bottle of kale-ginger- requires a certain amount of kilograms of produce in it, which in this case, has been disintegrated to squeeze the liquid from the weighty, fibrous pulp. Fiber is a crucial benefit of fruits and veggies. Fiber keeps you regular, if you know what I mean. It clears cholesterol out of your system, and helps maintains your blood-sugar levels, it also prevents food cravings and energy crashes. So if you’re missing out on all of that, what are you actually intaking when you drink?

Over priced sugar is what you’re drinking

Let us give you an example of what we are talking about. A 500ml Tropical Greens smoothie from Kauai contains about 48g of sugar – a 500ml bottle of Coke has about 44g. Separation from tough to digest fiber, all of the sugar goes straight into your bloodstream. And that’s why you feel giddy after taking one to the head – it is not a healthy habit you would want to embrace, it’s only a sugar high.

Vitamins can’t function the way they should

Let’s say you go to the grocery, and you buy a bottle of green juice, which on the label claims to have 50% of your daily vitamin A requirements inside. Well, the problem is that fat-soluble vitamins like A, need to be consumed with fat for your body to efficiently absorb them correctly. So those are lies.

‘Green’ juice really ain’t so green

For a feel-good product sold in the store, supposedly, bottled juice can shockingly Eco-garbage, what with all the plastic packaging, cooling, and pulp that gets removed. Still, determining to chugg your veggies? It’s more nutritious at the end of the day, cheaper, and less wasteful to the planet to just blend your own smoothies at home. Or, you can just man up, and chew your salad.

What is a healthier way of juicing

There is another option to buying juices – But you will need a blender. Try this smoothie formula (from Steve Satterfield, executive chef, veggie lover)

  • 2 cups greens (rocket, kale, spinage, or a mix)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blue fruit (blueberries, blackberries, or a mix)
  • 1/2 cup frozen red fruit (strawberries, raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup frozen yellow/orange fruit (peaches, mangoes, pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened milk alternative (preferably flax or hemp milk)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened organic hemp protein powder
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