Study after study indicates that a higher intake of fruits and vegetables can contribute to reducing cancer risks and the occurrence of heart disease. It can also help to keep age-related degenerative diseases at bay and make weight management easier.
A juicer may be one of the best tools available to easily improve the stats with regard to fruit and veggie consumption.
Unfortunately juicing myths, lies and half-truths abound; it has been exasperating to hear some of these for most of the 20-odd years I have been juicing!
So, before we go any further, let’s first turn 5 of the most maddening myths about juicing on their heads!
It is true that you do lose the insoluble fiber during the juicing process, but you don’t lose the soluble fiber such as pectin and gum.
It fills you up to some extent and slows down digestion and the metabolism of carbs, all playing a role in healthy weight loss. What makes soluble fiber particularly important is the way in which it can help to lower cholesterol. It can also play a role in blood sugar control, by slowing sugar absorption in your body.
Insoluble fiber fills you up and speeds up the movement of food through your digestive system. Insoluble fiber is crucial for keeping you regular.
And, of course, you will still be eating your regular meals with plenty of whole fruits and veggies, seeds and nuts, etc. This will ensure that you get enough fiber in your diet.
Steer clear of buying bottled, pasteurized juices, though. These are unlikely to give you the same benefits.
This doesn’t have to be the case. If you have a juicer that is easy to use and quick to rinse clean, juicing doesn’t require that much time. In fact, I have timed myself!
This includes the whole process, from taking the goodies out of the refrigerator to having everything cleaned up again afterwards. Not bad for getting in a whole plateful of fresh fruits and veggies… The recipe I timed included red bell pepper, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, pear, cucumber and ginger.
Now, just imagine how long it would have taken me to prepare a salad with all these ingredients, or to cook the whole caboodle…
More than 10 minutes? You bet! And who would have eaten all that before work, anyway? Yes, even if you have to rush off for work, it should be possible to invest 8 to 10 extra minutes in your health, don’t you think?
Okay, if you juice for a family of 3 or 4, it might take around 30 minutes. In my book that is still not asking too much for the pay off in terms of possible health benefits.
So, not even considering the longer term benefits such as getting more nutrients that offer cancer protection or protection from… Read more…