I’ve been curious about juicing ever since I heard my brother-in-law was juicing fruits and vegetables with his new $80 appliance. I was looking for a way to stay healthy throughout the year, and I thought juicing would be a great way to take in lots of fruits and vegetables each day.
Though I looked into the health benefits and costs of juicing, I really want to ask you for your opinions.
What’s your experience with this?
The Benefits of Juicing
A movie was released in 2010 called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It’s a documentary about an overweight man who decides to only drink juice for 60 days. Over that time, he becomes a healthier person and loses a bunch of weight. Can we expect the same results?
The idea behind juicing is that most of the nutrients from the original fruit or vegetable are retained. Of course, eating raw fruits or vegetables is best, but juicing is a better option than cooking or steaming them. Juicing them also enables you to drink a huge amount of fruits and vegetables in a single glass.
If you substitute juicing for eating unhealthy foods (like the man in the movie), it can yield tremendous results. The number of calories in a glass of juice is minimal. For example, a six-ounce glass of orange juice contains less than 100 calories.
But Are the Costs Bearable?
As I mentioned earlier, the juicer my brother-in-law bought was about $80 — but it ended up lasting less than a year. Some juicers can cost close to $500, without any guarantee they’ll last longer. They do have higher power, however, which theoretically will leave more nutrients in the juice and be able to extract more juice per fruit.
My fiancée and I recently got a juicer as a present at our wedding shower. The one we received retails for around $300 and boasts a number of fantastic benefits. When shopping for a juicer, know what you’re looking for, because there are pros and cons to just about every unit. Some are easier to clean, while others can make more juice at once. What’s important to everyone will be different, so take the time to look into the specifics before purchasing.
If you want to start juicing, you’ll need to buy a lot of fruits and vegetables. You’ll need two or three medium oranges to make a six-ounce glass of orange juice. Some items convert better than that, but you’ll still need to obtain a large number of fresh fruits and veggies, which cost time and money to buy.
Is the Hassle Worth It for You?
Do the benefits outweigh the cost and time associated with juicing? Juicers can be anywhere from $75 to $500, and as with most things, you’ll get what you pay for. Make sure you check reviews of the appliance before purchasing. Fruits and vegetables can be expensive, but the costs really add up when you’re buying enough to make a worthwhile amount of juice.
If you’re struggling to lose weight, juicing may be the answer. Many people are turning to juicing because it can be substituted for unhealthy foods that were previously part of their diet. I’m going to give juicing a try and see how it works in my daily diet, since I already own the appliance.
Have you ever tried juicing? How is it working out for you?