Why Juicing Isn’t Worth It

Why Juicing Isn't Worth It.

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.

THANKS FOR READING! SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS OR ANYTHING YOU THINK WE MISSED IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! 

Sources:
Health benefits of dietary fiber.

Anderson, J., et al, Health Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Nutrition Reviews. 2012. 67(4), 188-205.

Philip Chubb
Philip Chubb is a teacher, trainer, and student who has learned from a variety of great teachers such a the Poliquin Group, Ido Portal Method, Yuri Marmerstein, Gymnastic Bodies, and more. In the past ten years, he has researched and learned about movement, nutrition, hormones, training, martial arts, hand balancing, gymnastics, tumbling, dance, biomechanics and much more. He's life emphasis is moving and improving both physically and mentally each day.
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7 comments
PhilipChubb
PhilipChubb

@Aaron

If you message me to honestly ask for help and clarification, that is what you get. Many people have done it and will confirm that. Open minds get fed knowledge. If you message me to argue and prove a point and waste my time, then I will tell you why you are wrong or take your results into consideration. Your reasoning was wrong. So you got told why. If it wasn't sweet enough, perhaps you should juice it.

PhilipChubb
PhilipChubb

Part of the reason you eat vegetables is for the fiber. If you get all your required fiber throughout the day, you are a bit of an outlier compared to the common person. For most people, the loss of fiber is a big reason to instead blend. It is not that difficult to eat blended vegetables. Nine cups throughout the day in blended form is not a hard task. Try it. Now, you have messaged me and my team relentlessly about this article but have no results to show for it. I will not educate your privately further on this until you open your mind or have some results to show for it.

JuicingWithG
JuicingWithG

This is a big misconception of juicing, it'll only cause an insulin spike if you nothing but sweet fruit in there. Fruits act only as sweeteners and should not be used as the main ingredient.

brand0ngr0ce
brand0ngr0ce

@JuicingWithG  basically what they are trying to get at it the majority of people. People who actually know how to juice "correctly" know that more veggies then fruit are supposed to be in the blended drink. But there are a good amount of people who do not do this and just throw tons of fruit in the blender. You see? So this is more of a post for those who do that. not for those who juice incorrectly. 

PhilipChubb
PhilipChubb

If you are very lean and very insulin sensitive, such as in a post workout situation, it may not cause too much of an issue, but it still would be better to eat the fruit in most cases, I believe. Same for vegetables. You paid full price for them. Get all the benefit you can!

MatthewHolloway
MatthewHolloway

How about taking 12 grams of psyllium husk fiber along with the juice? I love the taste of my homemade blends, and they're light on natural sugar (I'd estimate that the ratio of vegetable to fruit is 7-1 in the juices I make). 


And what about if the juice is nothing but leafy greens?

brand0ngr0ce
brand0ngr0ce

@MatthewHolloway  If you are very lean and very insulin sensitive, such as in a post workout situation, it may not cause too much of an issue, but it still would be better to eat the fruit in most cases, I believe. Same for vegetables. You paid full price for them. Get all the benefit you can!


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