Time For Some Juicy Gossip
You know what I don’t like? Juicing. Or juices.
There’s always a new fad diet going around promising to lean you out, give you more energy, and probably give you superpowers. Juicing is one of these new fads. Unfortunately, it will likely set you back more than spring you forward.
To understand why, we need to understand insulin. Insulin is secreted by your pancreas as your blood sugar increases. Insulin’s job is to place the sugar into storage cells like muscle (good), fat (bad) and possibly your liver (ugly). The problem is fat burning isn’t very effective while your body is using insulin to bring down your blood sugar. If you are on a juicing diet in the first place it’s probably to lean out, right?
Next is the issue of an insulin spike – your blood sugar goes down hard and fast. That means after insulin has done its job you have low blood sugar. Since many people like to use fruits for juicing, you have a hard insulin spike coming, followed by low blood sugar afterward. Uh oh. Now you’re craving again. Maybe a bit of that cake or candy will pick you back up. What’s the harm? You’ve been good on your juicing diet, right? And this cycle continues over and over.
If only there was some way to slow down that insulin spike. Wait! There is! It’s fiber and chewing! Fiber slows down the insulin spike that occurs by slowing digestion inside your body, while chewing allows for the nutrients to enter the body at a slower and more controlled pace. Sounds like a great one two punch. Too bad that got eliminated with the fact that you have juiced the fiber out of the fruits and removed the need to chew.
Let’s face it. Many fruit juices are just sugar drinks. Organic fruit juice is just an organic sugar drink. Juicing is right up there too.
Most people are already fiber deficient in their diet. Eliminating even more fiber from their diet is asking for serious issues and complications.
An insulin spike with no fiber or chewing to slow the process down will likely cause low blood sugar and cravings for more food. Sounds like a drinkable recipe for disaster…
What To Do Instead Of Juicing
Instead, if you have trouble fitting in all your vegetable servings, lightly steam them and blend them. Put that into a BPA free bottle and drink it throughout the day. Now you can at least get the fiber and vegetables you need in an easier fashion.
What about fruit? Eat it! For most people, fruit should be eaten. Liquid nutrition with fruits is for babies and post workout. Unless you fit those descriptions it would be better to chew and eat your fruit.
So remember, juices are sugar drinks. Trade in those juicers for blenders. Better yet just use your teeth!
Thank you to the Poliquin Group for the Biosignature courses that gave me the understanding of these concepts.
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Health benefits of dietary fiber.
Anderson, J., et al, Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Nutrition Reviews. 2012. 67(4), 188-205.
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