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10 Juicing Facts and Myths You Should Know

A large number of people do not understand the benefits of juices. Here are some of the myths to consider:

Myth #1 – Juice has no fiber in it

FACT: Juices contain plenty of soluble fiber that soaks up glucose and cholesterol, lowering the amounts of these substances in the bloodstream. Soluble fiber also takes on water so the stool is bulked up and makes the bowel movements easier.

Myth #2 – Juices contain a lot of sugar

FACT: Some juices contain fruit sugar. Many experts on juicing advice a ratio of 80% vegetable to 20% fruit, which allows you to add a bit of sweetness along with all the sugar free benefits found in vegetables.

Myth #3 – You can’t detoxify on juice

This is partially true. While vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbages, radishes, and Brussels sprouts have phytonutrients in them that increase the enzyme in the liver, the liver does the detoxifying.

We naturally detoxify every day, but adding more phytonutrients from juicing to our diets can help.

Myth #4 – Juicing has no health benefits

FACT: Research studies have shown that drinking vegetable juices will provide you with many health benefits. For instance, beet juice helps manage hypertension.

Myth #5 – Juicing doesn’t have protein in it

FACT: You can add sources of protein in your juice when you’re making them. You can add proteins like hemp seeds, chia seeds or a protein powder to the juice for an added boost of protein.

Myth #6 – Juice diets are a fad

FACT: Since the 1980’s people have taken heed to the lasting health benefits of increasing plant food intake to prevent disease, boost energy and improve overall health and wellness.

Carrot juice, for example, research has shown that it decreases the damage to WBCs in smoking clients.

Myth #7 – The nutrients leave the juice in the extracted pulp

FACT: Only the insoluble fiber is removed with the pulp when you juice. Many vital micronutrients remain in the juice along with soluble fiber making it a healthy beverage.

Myth #8 – It’s better to eat fruits and vegetables than juicing them

This is only true if you are looking for a source of insoluble fiber. Otherwise you still get all the other nutrients even when you juice them. In fact, some vegetables are actually healthier for you in a juice when compared to roasting or cooking them.

Myth #9 – Juices can be contaminated with bacteria

FACT: You can get bacterial only in the manufactured form of juice and not in the juice made at home.

As long as you wash your hands before you make the juice, peel vegetables before juicing, and wash the vegetables before putting them in the juicer, you’re good to go!

Make sure to drink the juice right away or store them in the fridge for not longer than 72 hours.

Myth #10 – You can lose your hair if you juice

FACT: This is only true if you have an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism.

Talk to your doctor first before taking a juicing program if you are worried you might have a condition that leads to hair loss.

Make sure the juice has health-retaining nutrients in it, such as protein, zinc and biotin.