Juicing: Myths vs. Facts

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Healthy Tips, August 23, 2013

The juicing craze is still going strong, but many folks are still doing it for all of the wrong reasons. If you love juicing, make sure you’ve got the facts.

Myth: Juicing helps you lose weight
Fact: Although fruits and vegetables are relatively low in calories and have plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, too much of anything can pack on the pounds. Each ½ cup of fruit has about 60 calories. Juicing 4 to 5 cups of fruit comes out to 480 to 600 calories in one serving. If you’re trying to lose weight while juicing, portions still matter. Furthermore, diets that advocate juicing alone aren’t balanced (where’s the protein?) and are often dangerously low in calories overall.

Myth: Juicing is a way to cleanse your body
Fact: Your liver and kidneys were created to detoxify and naturally cleanse your body. Juicing or taking special concoctions won’t do a better job and there is no scientific evidence proving otherwise.

Myth: Juicing provides more vitamins
Fact: Fruit and vegetables contain loads of vitamin C and some B-vitamins which are easily destroyed by slicing, cooking and juicing.  (In order to get the most vitamins from your juice, prepare right before drinking.) Also, the nutrient-rich skin of the fruit or vegetable is often peeled before juicing and the fiber-rich pulp is left behind.

Myth: Expensive juicing machines are best
Fact: There’s no need to invest in an expensive juicer. Many fruits can be juiced right in the blender. I recommend starting with your blender and if juicing is something you really love (and continue doing regularly), then shop around and invest in reasonably priced juicer.

Myth: Juicing is better than eating the whole fruit or vegetable
Fact: There’s nothing better than munching on the whole fruit or vegetable. Advocates of juicing say it provides much needed rest to the digestive tract, especially from fiber. However, most folks don’t come close to taking in the recommended 25 to 40 grams of fiber per day.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (29)

  1. @ocmexfood says:

    I like how it says vegetable juice has too many calories and then says it's dangerously low in calories.

  2. barbieiam says:

    So? which is it? is vitamix w/fiber better or a Jack La Layne juicer that is better? which way?AND where are free online recipes for juicing?

  3. ianw72 says:

    what a complete idiot writing this drivel. Seriously fire this tool immediately.

  4. tarashaunhausner says:

    Not many pitfall to juicing with a Vitamix or Blendtec blender we can think of! :) I disagree wholeheartedly with this article. Juicing has its place in a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about how a Vitamix or Blendtec blender can juice whole fruits and vieggies and help live healthier :) ~~> http://www.blenderbabes.com/blender-babes-101/ble

  5. mj appelbaum says:

    blender is good for fruit smoothies!! if you want real nutrition, you must use a juicer for veggies. And it is pretty important to drink the veggie juice on an empty stomach. There are an average of 100 calories per one cup of juice – I am not talking about fruit juices. I am talking about carrot juice (which should be juiced all by itself) and mixed veggie juices. I make carrot juice one day and the next I make a mixed veggie juice. I bought my original Jay Kordach juicer in the early 1980s. I met Jay at Rainbows end in Las Vegas.

  6. GHB says:

    Wow, What a bummer of an article! Here's someone, clearly ignorant to the health benefits of juicing, that comments on juicing in a blender, sure if you want the juice to resemble soggy mashed vegetables! Well we all must keep in mind that this is coming from a site whose previous page has an article on a "healthier hotdog" … is there such a thing? What a true disappointment.

  7. CCJ says:

    The only great thing I have to say about this article…..the picture is beautiful!

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  9. diem tua says:

    I like how it says vegetable juice has too many calories and then says it's dangerously low in calories

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  10. Daniel says:

    Nice article, I added juices in my diet for weight loss, whatever you said is correct only juices can't help in weight loss, the diet must be complete and nutritious including proteins and healthy fats along with regular exercise. Some juice recipes that aids in weight loss here I am sharing http://www.slideshare.net/Tryfoodlovers/drinks-fo

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