4 Reasons Not To Juice Your Fruits and Vegetables

Doing a totally random search on Google, I wanted to see what others have thought about “the dangers of juicing”. Yes, you heard me.

My previous doctor told me that I should lay off the juicing, mainly because she thought it was causing my triglyceride levels to skyrocket. At first, because I was so into juicing at the time, I strongly disagreed with her and it got to the point where I actually switched doctors.

In retrospect, and after doing an experiment to stop juicing and smoothies altogether and adopting a more Zen-like, Japanese Diet, I would have to say my previous doctor was right all along.

You see, after recently adopting to my Zen Diet and getting back to my new doctor after a month, I noticed my triglyceride levels dramatically fell to close to normal levels. Now, earlier this year I was getting back to being a raw vegan, which included lots of juicing and smoothies, and when I did my wellness check with my new doctor a couple of months ago, my triglyceride levels were way above normal. I was immediately suspecting the juicing and smoothies to be the problem! When I was 100% raw vegan for a couple of years, my blood pressure fell to around 88/55, but my triglycerides were above 400.

If you are going on a raw vegan diet, I highly recommend that you get a checkup with your doctor to see if you are prone to high levels of triglycerides in your blood stream. This is a result of too much sugar in your diet (regardless if it’s good or bad sugar).

Anyway, here are some compelling reasons not to do juicing regularly. Now I’m mainly aimed at fruit juicing, as vegetable juicing can be very beneficial while still keeping the sugar levels down, but you’ll lack that much needed fiber that your digestive system needs in order to push food through your digestive tract.

4 Reasons Not to Juice Your Fruits and Vegetables

1. Sugar

What I personally learned (according to my body’s own metabolic processes) is that sugar is sugar, regardless of where it came from. Whether you are using white sugar, honey, agave nectar or the fructose from fresh fruits, if you take away the fiber all you have is the sugar. Juices and smoothies are essentially high-glycemic and those calories will get into your bloodstream faster.

2. Triglycerides

When you get too much sugar (or calories) going into your blood stream, the extra stuff gets converted into triglycerides (which is a type of fat). A high level of triglycerides in the bloodstream makes you dangerously at risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

3. Fiber

Juicing gets rid of the fiber in fruits and vegetables. Fiber is much needed by the body and it’s a way of regulating calories entering the bloodstream.

4. Lack of Fat

Sometimes fat is good, in that it slows down the entry of sugar, and there has been a lot of bad news regarding fat, but in some cases where you have sugar-laden foods, good fat is also good in slowing down the entry of sugar into the system. So, when it comes to juices and smoothies, fat is a good thing, like raw almonds and walnuts.

Every Body Is Different

I just want to reiterate that I am speaking from my own personal experiences with fruit and vegetable juicing. While I believe that juicing is beneficial when it comes to juice fasts, I think that one should exercise moderation when it comes to daily juicing, as too much sugar going into your system will cause a rise in your triglyceride levels.

Resources

Scripps Health – Three Reasons to Drink Juice and Three Reasons Not to

Huffington Post: 9 Reasons Why Juice-Based Diets Don’t Work

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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