Are You Juicing?

fruit-and-vegetable-juicing.jpgMost people do not achieve the 5-daily servings of fruit and vegetables recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In fact, less than 30% of American adults eat enough fruit, and just 26% eat enough vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eight ounces of blended fruits and vegetables may be four or five servings in itself. Many critics argue that it is better to eat whole fruits or vegetables, which also contain fiber, another requirement that most Americans don’t meet. However, juicing is easy and can quickly provide much needed energy that eating single servings cannot provide. Many have experienced changes in their metabolism, resulting in weight loss, but it is important to remember that should never over do it.

The Do’s and Don’ts

You should start  with small amounts of juice, like 3 to 4 ounces, because it will naturally cleanse you. While juicing is nutritious, too much can cause diarrhea and possibly wipe-out good [good] bacteria, which can affect your overall digestion. Too much juice will also mean too much sugar along with potentially unneeded calories. Diabetics and pre-diabetics should always juice with caution.


Sample Juice Recipe


Green Lemonade

2 apples (green apples are lower in sugar)
1/2 lemon, peeled if not organic
1 handful of your favorite greens

Juice all ingredients in good juicer (high speed blenders usually don’t do a good job)
Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible. Serves 1

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