So should you try juicing? There are many reasons for wanting to try juicing: lose weight, improve your diet, boost energy or, simply, as a sure-fire way to get your 5 a day. Equally, there are those who decry the mess, the wastage and the perceived ‘faddyness’ of it all. But would it be right for you?
What you get from juicing
Essentially, juicing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your body exactly what it craves. Struggling to fit your 5 a day into your non-stop schedule? In one delicious glass, get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
No messy fruit at your desk, less guilt at choosing a biscuit over a banana, no slap dash additions to your evening meal to add extra vegetables to your diet. Just a fool-proof way to guarantee your daily target and then some.
The daily health benefits
Years of questionable food choices have left lots of us with impaired digestion – limiting the body’s ability to fully absorb nutrients. Juicing helps to ‘pre-absorb’ some of these nutrients for you, as there’s less of a digestive process when food doesn’t need to be broken down.
Juicing retains up to 90% of the fruits and vegetables’ nutrients, which can be lost through cooking. Plus, it’s thought that nutrients from juiced foods enter the system faster too; great when you’re feeling a bit sluggish and need a natural energy boost.
Whilst a liquid lunch might not sound filling, juicing actually helps you feel fuller for longer as well as reduce ‘bad’ food cravings. Replacing stodgier foods for juicing also helps you lose weight, without stripping the taste from you diet.
Plus, regular juicers have claimed juicing gives them glowing skin, bright eyes and a general sense of wellness.
Why can’t I get this from a supermarket juice?
Supermarkets are filled to the brim with ‘health’ juices. Exotic combinations you must try. Gorgeous, artisan brands that must be healthy. Supermarket favourites that we’ve long trusted. But these 100% juices and smoothies aren’t all what they seem, as we’ve discussed here, there’s a deluge of hidden additives, preservatives and flavourings that your body doesn’t need or want.
Whilst supermarket juices and smoothies offer convenience, nutritionally they fall short of their marketing claims.
Isn’t juicing really extreme?
No morning slice of toast, no creamy bowl of porridge? Nothing but juice?
Whilst the nutrition side of juicing might appeal; the lack of solid foods might not. But fear not, juicing has been subject to many misconceptions over the years – and this is one of the most misconstrued.
To juice, you don’t need to fully cleanse your system, go on a juice fast or replace any of your existing meals. Whilst some juice-lovers go whole hog and spend days or weeks surviving on juice alone; juicing can be as simple as adding a glass of juice to your daily diet.
Juicing doesn’t have to replace all or any of your meals. A lot of athletes use juicing for a quick hit of nutrition; many of us here at Domu have a glass of juice to overcome the 3 o’clock slump; others use juicing as a delicious way to start the day. How you juice is dependent on your lifestyle and your body’s needs: there’s no right and wrong.
What about the mess and waste?
Whilst the thought of a freshly squeezed, nutritious juice sounds wonderful; you may worry about the mess. All that wasted fruit. A good few minutes chopping, then some more pushing the fruit down the chute then all the washing and drying time. And all for what? A small glass of juice that will be gone in 5 seconds.
Whilst it does sound time consuming, think about eating a bowl of cereal: quick prep time and longer eating time. Juicing works in reverse. A little longer to prep maybe, but a quick, on-the-go hit of nutrition.
Washing up is a lot easier than you think to. If you don’t have a dishwater, whilst there is a few separate parts to clean; there’s no stuck on or stubborn food stains, just a good wipe and rinse in the sink.
In terms of waste, juicing extracts the core nutrients of each fruit and vegetable, making it more digestible for your body. But, without the full fruit, won’t you lose fibre? In short, no. Soluble fibre - which aids digestion and lowers cholesterol – is retained during the juicing process.
Isn’t it really expensive?
The amount you spend on fruit and veg will definitely go up. But is that a bad thing?
We unquestionably spend money on essentials like bills, cars and phones; equally, we’ll happily spend money on clothes, takeaways, holidays and expensive face creams – but why not on our day-to-day nutrition?
The older we get, the more important it becomes to look after our bodies and develop healthy eating patterns. In the long-term, wouldn’t you rather invest in your health?
Plus, adding more fruit and veg to your shopping trolley needn’t cost the earth. Rather than packaged produce, stock up on loose fruits and veg, which are cheaper than their packaged counterparts. If you want even fresher and potentially less costly produce: shop at your local farmer’s market.
Which kind of juicer would be right for me?
Modern juicers generally fall into two categories: centrifugal fruit juicers and slow masticating juicers.
The centrifugal juicer is probably the one you’ll associate most with juicing. It features a chute into which you push your ingredients. A high-speed spinning blade creates a centrifugal force which separates the juice from the pulp – which is collected into a container. These juicers are super speedy, affordable and able to take on fruit and most greens.
Masticating slow juicers are pricier and feature an auger, which chews up fruit and vegetable fibre, extracting more enzymes, minerals, vitamins and fibre than a centrifugal juicer. A masticating slow juicer yields more juice but at a slower rate (a few minutes or so). Slow juicers can handle just about any type of fruit and vegetable, including leafy greens and wheatgrass.
Where would I start?
Breakfast is a great place to begin your juicing journey. If you’re worried you won’t have enough time in the morning: organise your ingredients the night before and blitz in the morning. Remember, you can take your juice to drink on-the-go. An energising juice before the gym or in place of a mid-afternoon pick me up coffee and are also brilliant for easing yourself in gently.
Keen to see what the hype’s all about? Take a look at our VonShef Fruit Juicer and VonShef Slow Juicer.