I have been curious about juicing ever since I heard my brother in law was juicing fruits and vegetables with his $80 new 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 a number of fruits and vegetables each day. I looked into the health benefits and costs of juicing, but I really want to ask you for opinions. What is your experience with this?
There Have to Be Some Benefits
A movie was released in 2010 called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It is 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 number 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 6 ounce glass of orange juice contains less than 100 calories.
Are the Costs Bearable?
As I mentioned earlier, the juicer my brother in law bought was about $80. It ended up lasting less than a year, though. Some juicers can cost close to $500 without any guarantee that they will last longer. What they do have is higher power, 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 a wedding shower. The one we got retails for around $300 and sports a number of fantastic benefits. When shopping for a juicer, know what you are 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 is more important to everyone will be different, but do take the time to look into the specifics before the purchase.
If you want to start juicing, you will need to buy a lot of fruits and vegetables. You will need 2-3 medium oranges to make a 6 ounce glass of orange juice. Some items convert better than that, but you will need to obtain a large number of fresh fruits and veggies, which costs time as well as 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 you will get what you pay for in general. Make sure you check reviews of the appliance before you purchase the unit. Fruits and vegetables aren’t expensive, but the costs can add up when you are buying enough to make a sufficient amount of juice.
If you are overweight and struggling with losing weight, juicing may be the answer. Many people are turning to juicing because it can be substituted for the unhealthy food that was previously part of their diet. I am going to give juicing a try and see how it works in my daily diet, since I already have the appliance with me. Have you ever tried juicing? How is it working out for you?