To Juice or Not to Juice

We’ve been told to eat our fruits and vegetables since we were in primary school, since raw fruits and veggies provide us with many needed nutrients. But if eating fruits and vegetables has always been a challenge for you, then drinking your daily dose of produce may be just what the doctor ordered. Juicing is the latest health craze that has been sweeping the nation and getting lots of mainstream attention. Juicing, different from blending or pulping, extracts the water and nutrients from fruits and vegetables into a drinkable serving of vitamins.This growing trend was made even more popular after the endorsement of some admired celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Megan Fox, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Seacrest,
Alicia Silverstone, and Ryan Gosling, just to name a few. Juice bars are popping up all over the country and there has been a significant boom in the sale of juicers over the last couple of years. Even the coffee giant, Starbucks has recently opened a juice bar chain, called Evolution Fresh. Juicing is now a multibillion-dollar business and is quickly becoming widespread. But before you jump on the juicing bandwagon, there is some important information you should keep in mind.

One of the more appealing aspects to juicing is its convenient approach to healthy eating. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it can be difficult to make sure you get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, so for many juicing is a fast and easy way to ensure you are getting your serving of vitamins. Though there has been substantial debate over the actual health benefits of juicing and if it really does live up to all the hype. Some health experts warn that juicing your fruits and vegetables, instead of just eating them in their natural and whole form, strips the natural fibers from the food that is good for you and aids the digestive system. Juicers extract the juice and leave behind the nutrient and fiber-rich pulp. Because of this, juices should not be relied upon as a sole dietary source of fruits or vegetables. In order to keep the fiber in your diet you can add some of the pulp back into the juice or add it to food while cooking. Juicing may also add an unnecessary amount of sugar if you juice with too many fruits. It’s important to maintain a balance of both fruits and vegetables, a good rule of thumb is having around 70% of vegetables in your juice. Another drawback of do it yourself juicing is that juicers can be expensive, ranging from $50 to $500.
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There are a variety of juicing meal plan options. Juices can be consumed in place of meals or it can simply be used as a healthier snack or refreshment option. Juice cleanses are a more intense form of juicing in which dieters only drink juice for days, weeks and sometimes months. Cleansing really spiked in mainstream attention with the release of a 2010 documentary entitled, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead in which Joe Cross, a 100 pound overweight man vows to only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days, with inspiring results. Though the cleansing diet was successful for Cross, it may not be advisable for everyone and should be done responsibly and with the consultation of doctors.

If your main motivation for starting a juice diet is weight loss, this may not be the proper detox for you. It’s probable that some mild weight loss may occur in the first few days of the diet but long lasting weight loss is unlikely due to the lack of protein in fruits and vegetables. This protein shortage can eventually lead to loss of muscle which slows down metabolism resulting in weight gain once a regular eating regimen is resumed. Though detoxing can help jumpstart healthier eating habits and focus you away from unhealthy ones, such as from fatty and sugary foods.12396321765_6128b1e323_k

Some key things to remember before embarking on your juice journey. When juicing, keep it heavier on veggies and lighter on fruit to keep calories and sugar in moderation. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance of fiber, protein and other nutrients in your diet. Juicing fruit and vegetables can be a healthy alternative to obtain vitamins and nutrients, but ultimately eating fruit in its natural form is better and can’t be substituted.

For more information on juicing or to try it for yourself, check out some of these local juice bars:

JUICE RANCH

  • Website:juiceranch.com
  • Address-1:
    ISLA VISTA, 6533 Trigo Road
    Isla Vista, CA 93117

    Phone:(805) 770-7615

  • Address-2:
    SANTA BARBARA, 33 Parker Way
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Phone:(805) 845-4657

PRESSED JUICERY

  • Website:pressedjuicery.com
  • Address:
    506 State St
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Phone:(805) 845-7962

ASCENDING HEALTH JUICERY

  • Website:ahjuice.com
  • Address:
    34 E Sola St
    Santa Barbara, CA 931015

    Phone:(805) 698-5443

THE JUICE CLUB

  • Website:thejuiceclub.com
  • Address:
    1221 State St
    Ste 205
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Phone:(310) 990-8338

JUICEWELL

  • Website:wejuicewell.com
  • Address:
    138 W. Victoria Street
    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Phone:(805) 962-1188

Katana Dumont

Katana is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she first discovered her passion for writing and journalism. When she isn't writing, reading, traveling, or binge watching films on Netflix, Katana enjoys getting involved in her community and taking advantage of all Santa Barbara has to offer.

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