Before it was endorsed by flawless people like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Blake Lively, and Michelle Williams, juicing was just something that those in good health did to get proper nutrition. Now it’s become a phenomenon amongst Hollywood’s biggest stars. People have sought out juicing in order to attain that “glow from within” that celebrities claim it gives. But what is juicing, really?
Let’s get this straight: drinking a smoothie and juicing is not the same thing. Smoothies are usually created using a blender or food processor and contain a mix of fruits, vegetables, pulp, dairy, juices and other ingredients. According to Becky Hand, a licensed dietician, juicing actually “extracts fresh juice from fruits and vegetables allowing the consumer to get a lot of the vitamins that come from them.” Although you are getting a lot of nutrients from the juice of the fruit and/or vegetable, you lose out on a lot of vitamins from the pulp/fiber, which is removed. (Note: Some high-powered juicers do retain most of the pulp in the juice, thus resulting in a thicker juice.)
In conclusion, juicing is no healthier than eating a whole fruit and it will not “cleanse” your body either. If you’ve been having trouble getting your daily dose of vitamins from fruits and vegetables (especially if you don’t like them in their natural form), try juicing and you might be pleasantly surprised. As for that “glow” you’ve been wanting, you just might get that too!
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