While there is a lot of hype around the benefits of juicing, there are some things you should understand before you pull out your Ninja NJ600, which features 6 blades, and a BPA-free, 72-oz pitcher, and start blending up cucumbers, strawberries and other fruit and veggies. Let’s do a quick overview of juicing to start.
In the last several years juicing has become a popular way to not only lose weight and cleanse your body, but also to help you to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you are already juicing with your 1000-watt Ninja NJ600 or are thinking about getting in on the juicing kick, you should know the reasons behind juicing.
Juicing has been around since the ancient Greeks made pomegranate juice and called it a ‘love potion,’ but it wasn’t until the 1990s when juicing became popular after several proponents started touting that there are health benefits to extracting juices from fresh fruit and uncooked vegetables and drinking it as part of a person’s main diet.
Health benefits, they say include reversing the aging process, helping to heal cancer and for weight loss.
CNN reported recently that other benefits to juicing include staying hydrated and helping you get the right amount of fruit and veggie servings, which is especially helpful if you lead a busy life and are always on the go.
However, with all the benefits, many health advisors warn that juicing not only might not work for weight loss since fruits are high in sugar and if you only juice, you will be depriving your body of other necessary nutrients, including fiber.
Responsibilities of Juicing
According to the American Cancer Society, there is no scientific evidence that proves that juicing is linked to health benefits. There are reports, however, that a diet high in vegetables and fruit have been proven to improve overall health and reduce the risk of cancer.
With that, the American Cancer Society said that juicing is “considered safe when used as part of a healthy diet,” but that there is a potential for complications if you juice too much or you don’t juice responsibly.
For example, consuming too much of certain juices can cause diarrhea, which is not a sign of a body cleanse. Drinking too many fruits and starchy vegetables, including carrots and beets could also not only be dangerous to diabetics, but can actually contribute to weight gain, not weight loss.
In addition, when buying commercial juices, as opposed to making your own in a blender, such as a Ninja NJ600, you need to watch labels carefully and ensure that the product you are buying has been pasteurized to kill harmful germs that can cause infection. Be careful not to spend a fortune buying juice too – making your own juice should always be a better deal.