An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Nowadays, eating an apple is not enough to maintain overall health. Studies showed that consuming 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce the risk of premature death by 42%. This is because the fibre, antioxidants and living enzymes found in fruits and vegetables benefits our body and hence is protective against major chronic diseases.
Juicing allows you to capture most of the nutrients in fruits and vegetable. Imagine that there are 2 oranges and 1 carrot just in one glass of juice! This gives you a nutrient-dense juice that benefits your body! Nevertheless, some people may have misconceptions on juicing. Below are the commons myths and the explanation regarding on this matter.
- Detoxification can be done through juicing only
In fact, our body is carrying out detoxification process every day naturally by liver and kidney. Just that by over time, the toxins may accumulate in our body if eating unhealthily. Juicing is just a way to support the detoxification mechanism and reboot your body that will improve organ functioning. Exercise also one of the ways to detoxify our body. But at the same time, we must drink plenty of fluid in order to help in releasing toxins through urine and sweat.
- Weight loss can be maintained after a juice cleanse
The answer is yes only if you maintain a healthy and balanced diet after doing a juice cleanse. Ensure that you eat a balanced meal by achieving at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits every day. Moreover, take less red meat and take more fish or plant based proteins, eg. tofu and legumes will help you to maintain a healthy body weight.
- Patients with diabetes cannot do drink fruit juices
Indeed, diabetic patients are discouraged to drink fruit juices because the glycemic index (GI) of fruits will become higher after squeezed into juice. This means that the sugar content in fruit juice will absorbed directly from the gut and thus may spike up the blood glucose level in diabetic patients. But not to say individuals with diabetes cannot take fruit juice at all, they can corporate more vegetable to make a glass of juice as vegetable has less sugar content.
- Oyinlola Oyebode, Vanessa Gordon-Dseagu, Alice Walker, Jennifer S Mindell. Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data. J Epidemiol Community Health, 31 March 2014 DOI: 10.1136/jech-2013-203500