Tuesday, May 20, 2014


I have seen a lot of awful advice about juice/juicing lately.
Whilst juicing is a quick and easy way to get one or two of your 5-a-day it should not be relied on our used to "detox" or diet.
Here are some quick facts:
  • Juice can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle, it is not however a miracle cure. 
  • Although fruit/vegetable juice counts toward your recommended daily dose, it contain less fibre and does not fill you up like whole fruit/vegetables.
  • Fruit juice is high in fructose (sugar) - simple carbohydrates that provide extra calories and quickly raise your blood sugar levels.
  • 240ml of natural, no-added-sugar fruit juice can contain up to 6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Fruit juices especially those high in citric acid cause acid erosion that weakens tooth enamel.
  • Jesse Dallas who promotes responsible juicing recommends "Juicing responsibly means you might only drink half a pint of vegetable juice daily"
  • On a juice-only diet, you may not get enough protein to make you full, this means you lose muscle. Brandon Kolar, a personal trainer and nutritionist says " “When you lose muscle mass you’re actually dropping your metabolic rate, which makes your body work less efficiently. You’re creating a downward spiral by doing a juice cleanse.”
  • Try and find a scientific research paper that promotes juice as a detox or cleanse. There isn't one.
  • Research published by the British Medical Association found that nurses, who ate whole fruit, especially blueberries, grapes and apples, were less likely to get type 2 diabetes, while those who drank fruit juice were at increased risk. Those who swapped fruit juice for whole fruits three times a week cut their risk by 7 per cent.
  • Naveed Sattar, professor of Metabolic Medicine, and Dr. Jason Gill, both of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, call for the UK government to change the current "five a day" guideline to exclude a portion of fruit juice from the list of fruits and vegetable servings that count toward it.
 I could go on.......Just remember, everything in moderation, except gin - the difference between poison and medicine is the dose.

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