From Dr. Oz, to magazine articles, and Internet sites, we have been inundated in recent years with the benefits of green juicing.Fitness mogul Jack Lalane and his wife were so convincing in their infomercial for his Power Juicer, that I bought one.
I know several people who obtained, and maintained a significant weight loss, by drinking green juice smoothies. Now it seems, that in spite of the vitamins, and minerals we obtain from juicing, there is a dark side. Juicing leaves out a very important ingredient, that the Creator intended for mankind to partake of, and that is the fiber.
According to the Beverage Marketing Corporation, over 96 million gallons of juice were consumed in 2013. This is a 71% increase from 2007. The research also states that the sugar just one glass of juice will cause blood sugar levels to spike, wi thout the fiber from the pulp to slow down sugar metabolism. This is dangerous for those who juice at least 2 of there 3 daily meals.
This also is not a very good idea for those who are pre diabetic, or have been diagnosed with type II Diabetes. It is recommended that if you have these conditions that you eat a small portion of whole fruit, or have one cup of berries daily. One glass of fruit juice daily, with a meal is the recommendation
It is unfortunate that in modern society we look for quick fixes regarding our health, when plain old fashioned common sense tells us otherwise. My grandmother died at age 91. She was on oxygen, diagnosed with COPD. and Congestive heart failure.
The only time she dealt with blood sugar spikes, was when given steriod treatments. Unfortunately within the past few years, I know of at least 20 individuals between age 22 and 50 who passed away fron complications because of diabetes. Obviously my grandmother was doing something right.
Grandma did not eat a lot of fruit, but she made sure to get her veggies in. She would eat tomatoes,(considered a fruit and a vegetable) potatoes, onions and cucumbers straight from her garden. She was limited her last few years, to only one serving of green vegetables daily because she was on a blood thinner.
Despite being over weight, and dealing with the health issues, her body lasted 91 years. I believe her continual consumption of vegetables, while limiting fruit played a significant part. Also individuals from my grandmother’s generation believed in sitting down to take your time to digest a dinner meal, which usually had 2 or 3 vegetables on the plate. On the rare occasion we had fruit, it was an apple or per plucked from a tree, or peaches, apples, and berries baked in a pie.