So we have discussed some information about juicing on our previous post “What Is Juicing All About?
” Today we’ll dig in deeper and share more information. Many people are claiming that juicing has made them lose weight. Is there any truth to this or is this yet another hype?
Juicing and Weight Loss
When looking at any food it is important that you consider its calories as well as sugar content. So let’s take a look at juicing.
A medium-sized fruit contains around 60 calories while there are around 25 calories in a cup of vegetables and 25 calories in 3 cups of leafy greens. A 60-calorie fruit serving is about 4 ounces of juice and a typical juice is about 12 to 16 ounces. Now do a little Math and you’ll see that these calories add up and if you exceed the healthy range of calorie intake per day (1200 calories for women and 1500 for men) you’ll start packing on some extra weight.
You may not notice it but you can be using 4 fruits for your juice which pulls up your calorie intake. Using vegetables for juicing means the calories are lesser. You can also opt to do a combination making vegetables the main ingredient and adding a fruit (an apple or kiwi) for flavoring so the calorie content of your juice is not that high. Basically, calories can be a concern for pure fruit juices. To make your juice healthier, you can add some protein in it. Almond milk, Greek yogurt, peanut butter and flaxseed are excellent sources of protein.
However you should not make juicing as your diet. This is a weight loss measure that is so extreme and unhealthy. When you want to lose weight, you can add “juicing” to your diet but you should make sure that you still eat a complete and balanced meal. Keep in mind the healthy range of daily calorie intake and make sure that you exercise regularly. To lose weight your calorie intake should be less than the amount of calories that you burn.
Food Safety Tips
Juicing has a lot of benefits when done right. Here are some safety guidelines to make sure that your juicing won’t harm your health.
- Always wash your hands before touching any fruit or vegetable.
- Make sure that you wash the fruits or vegetables thoroughly.
- See to it that your juicing machine or blender is clean. If you’re washing them by hand, it is best to use hot soapy water. Before putting it away, make sure that all its part are completely dry. This is so bacterial growth is prevented.
- If your juicer is dishwasher safe, use the sanitize cycle of your dishwasher when cleaning it.
- It is best that you drink the juice the very same day you made it. It is not advisable to keep it longer than a week even if you store it in your fridge since the juice is not pasteurized.
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