One of the latest fads in the world of health and nutrition is one you’ve probably seen on television, on the internet, in magazines, and on the shelves of your local grocery stores. Juicing has taken the world by storm!  But is it really the miracle diet we’ve all be waiting for?

 

The Benefits of Juicing

 

Actor Woody Harrelson, 2009. Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Actor Woody Harrelson, 2009. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Celebrities such as Oprah, Woody Harrelson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons, and many more are jumping on the juicing craze and touting its benefits—i.e. more energy, and a more positive attitude and outlook. Some juicing enthusiasts argue that juiced fruit and vegetables are healthier than eating the solid fruit or vegetable, itself.  However, there is no scientific evidence to support their claim.

Juicing is a great alternative to the intimidating daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake for those who aren’t particularly fond of fruits and vegetables. It is also a creative way to repurpose fresh produce before it spoils.

 


The Drawbacks of Juicing

The majority of the fiber and protein housed in fresh fruits and vegetables is in the skin and in the pulp, both of which are lost in the juicing process. Dietitian Jennifer Barr recommends that people juicing should still incorporate at least two whole fruits and three to four vegetables into their diet daily; ideally, the fruits should range in colors to get the different vitamins and minerals the body needs.

 

Everything in Moderation

Maybe a 38-day juice cleanse like the one Woody Harrelson did back in 2006 isn’t the way to launch your foray into the juicing world; however, juicing can be a quick, easy and fun way to incorporate more healthy foods into your diet.

 

Try this Healthy Green Juice recipe at home, and tell us what you think!

2 green apples, halved

4 stalks celery, leaves removed

1 cucumber

6 leaves kale

½ lemon, peeled

1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger

Directions:
1. Process green apples, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, and ginger through a juicer.

 

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