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The Truth About Juicing

The other day I was scrolling through Tik-Tok, and I saw one of those videos - what I eat in a day. Sometimes I like to watch those videos just for food inspiration. I'm always looking for a new snack to try or a new lunch dish. But this video was so interesting because the Creator didn't actually eat. Their day consisted of all green juices an no actual solids. At first, I thought this was a juice cleanse they were doing. I know that some people claim they're fad, but others swear by it and I try not to be judgmental of what people do for what works best for their body. But, when looking in the comments, the creator emphasized the point that this is how they eat normally on a day-to-day basis. I thought to myself, “this can't be healthy”.

I'm all about listening to your body and doing what's best for you, but at some point the line has to be drawn and you have to be realistic with yourself. Are you doing what's best for your body? Or, are you just pushing a lifestyle on to your body? I started doing some research and here are some interesting facts that I found about juicing.

Juice on its own is not nutritionally balanced, as it does not contain sufficient protein or fat.

Consuming enough protein throughout the day is necessary for muscle maintenance and long-term health

Regularly consuming high amounts of fruit juice has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and obesity (25

Simply drinking juice could lead to malnutrition, because all types of juice (even vegetable) contain very little — if any — fiber or protein. Fiber is crucial for digestive health, while protein is vital for the support of muscles, bones, and blood.

Even with all of these facts and figures, why is it perceived that juicing is so healthy? In reading some articles on my own, I learned that juicing for one meal a day isn't a bad thing. If you want to juice for breakfast and have a side of fiber or granola there's nothing wrong with that. But to replace every meal on a daily basis with just a juice alternative is super unhealthy. You're depriving your body of important nutrients that you can't get from juice alone. Also, life is all about balance. It's okay to indulge in a sweet here and there or to just enjoy having a meal that contains all the food groups. Your body will thank you in the long term. We have to remember, while our body may be able to survive on juice alone now, how all our bodies react when we're in our forties and fifties? Our bodies don't stay the same forever and we need to ensure that we're taking care of them early on. So, what do I think about juicing? I'll probably do it maybe once a week for breakfast but I'm still going to make sure that I'm having and maintaining a balanced diet.

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