Most people consider drinking juices a healthy option, while some others have different opinions. From believing that fruits are better than juices to re-thinking the risks associated with juicing, many myths surround the subject. Many believe that juicing takes away the source of nutrition from the fruits or vegetables, whereas, some others claim that juicing is far more beneficial than consuming the produce as it is.
Let’s debunk some of the top juicing myths.
Juicing is nothing more than a fad: While it’s easy to label any health trend as a type of a diet, e.g. a ketogenic diet, a raw food diet, an Atkins diet, etc., as a fad, more and more research has emerged that has proven that juicing is not just your average health trend. Many positive results have emerged from tests done on the benefits of juicing. The most popular example constitutes how smokers can reduce the damage to their white blood cells by including carrot juice in their daily diet. Many studies have also proven that juicing reduces obesity and aids weight loss.
Eating fruits and vegetables is better than juicing: This is one of the most common juicing myths that almost everyone is aware of. As long as you are not adding artificial flavours or sugars to your juice, you are having them right! New technologies have emerged such as cold-pressing and cold-extraction, which extract juices in such a way that nutrients aren’t lost and the shelf-life of the product also increases. Whether the product is in its raw form or cooked/juiced, it has its benefits. For instance, Vitamin C can be absorbed from a raw tomato, whereas, you can get more lycopene if the tomato is cooked.
Risks are associated with juicing: One can never be too careful when it comes to contaminated bottles causing bacteria. It is essential to understand that juicing companies peel the produce, eliminating any pesticide residue. They also follow specific processes, ensuring the best care possible.They do not compromise on the end goal of the product, thus, expelling all vegetable and fruit juice myths.
Juicing causes a loss of nutrients: While this is partly true that some essential fibres could be lost in the process of juicing (especially if done at home), you must remember that many nutrients remain intact when the fresh fruit juice is extracted. Also, methods like cold-pressing and cold-extraction use technologies that ensure none of the nutrients escape the p roduce. At Second Nature, we have our own Blow Moulding Machine and we blow our own bottles. All the bottles are then individually washed before filling. This ensures that there is no place for bacteria in the bottling process.
Juicing offers several life-enhancing health benefits like a stronger immune system, access to digestive enzymes, aids weight loss and reduces your calorie intake. Therefore, it’s time to ignore all these juicing myths and enjoy your fruits the way you like it – fresh in a tall glass!