Juicing: Stupid and Pretentious or Nourishing and Enlightening?

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I typically do not like to become involved in religious debates, however I find the present green juice frenzy way too amusing to resist throwing in my $0. 02.

You would need to be living in a wifi-less cave to haven’t noticed the incredibly vocal community that believes juicing is the panacea of everything is great and wholesome in the world.

These individuals make health claims ranging from silly, unprovable promises like “detoxifying the body” to egregious lies like “juice cures cancer.” They adore their juice and get really mad if you indicate a little bit that juicing isn’t equivalent to nutritional perfection. If you do not like juiceyou most likely don’t like kittens or rainbows either.

On the other side of the spectrum there’s the newer anti-juice backlash. These people point to the hand-wavy study testimonials by juice proponents and mock the shortage of solid science behind the trend.

They sit on their high horse, but are not-so-secretly fuming that green juice is getting a pretentious, high-priced status symbol for celebrities and wealthy, West Coast elitists. They hate that everybody else is really dumb, and wish we’d all quit talking about it .

And let’s not overlook the individuals who think juicing is something different entirely.

Scientists, in comparison, have been conspicuously silent on the juicing front. Though some have come out in interviews suggesting that too much fruit juice (obviously quite high in fructose) could be harmful, they are loath to condemn the consumption of vegetables.

Vegetables are great. But fads are poor. And there isn’t any genuine long-term data. We’ll just be quiet now.

While the devotion of green juice evangelists can certainly be comical, the lack of information is exactly what brings the juicing argument nearest into a religious one. Plausible explanations and testimonials are located on both sides, and without any real details to point to it’s difficult to convince anybody of anything. (Not that truth hold considerably standing in national debates these days, but that is a different issue.)

There isn’t much precedent for juicing veggies the way folks are doing it now. This means we do not have a great deal of information on how it will influence people long-term.

There are a number of other unknowns as well, including the consequences of juicing different kinds veggies and fruits (can excessive kale juice actually inhibit your thyroid?) , just how much juice is beneficial or safe to drink, the impact of removing or adding back fiber from vegetables, the way that juice impacts nutrition, and the impact of different juicing procedures. How do these things change if individuals are more healthy, sick, underweight or obese?

Until these variables are examined in controlled trials, any speculation about them is strictly theoretical.

We know much less about subsisting exclusively on juice for various quantity of time. I did a quick Pubmed search to learn what science had to say concerning “juice cleanse.” As it is possible to view, I didn’t come up with much.

 

The science of a juice cleanse

The science of a juice cleansing *chirp* *chirp*

 

Of course this does not mean we can not make educated guesses about the experts and disadvantages of juicing. It only means we ought to be a little skeptical about everything we read until better information is available.

I’ve explained before that I personally actually like the stuff. Unlike people who have described it “like drinking everything bad that ever happened to me in high school,” many of the juices I’ve tried have been delicious.

My beef with juice isn’t the flavor or snobbery, however the shopping, storage and cleanup essential to earn juice in the home. I happily pay an extra few dollars for the neighborhood, heirloom, organic, bespoke, artisanal, hand-crafted, and not-made-by-me juices I purchase from my favorite juice seller at the farmers market.

What else could you expect from a West Coast elitist?

I even tried a juice cleansing after, since after Thanksgiving there was not a single individual in San Francisco not doing one. I told me I was doing it for study purposes, however I’ll admit I was curious what all the difficulty was about. Would I feel enlightened by infusing myself with vegetable goodness for 24 hours?

No, it only made me really hungry.

As you can probably tell, I have difficulty taking this stuff too seriously. I love vegetables and eat very well, therefore I would not anticipate green juice to modify my life. If you do not normally eat a great deal of veggies, I could see it being a fantastic addition to your healthstyle (however I would still like you to eat your greens).

That said, I do not think obsessing over any component of your diet is healthful. Using juice cleanses and “detox” as an excuse to care for your body horribly on weekends, or as a veiled approach to shed weight by starving yourself, is much worse.

In overall I think green juice is a welcome addition to the American diet, and I look ahead to the day when vegetable juice bars are as ubiquitous as Starbucks.  I only expect we can remain sane about it.

 

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