Are there any benefits to juicing?

Grinding and crushing fruits and vegetables to be left with only the juice has become a fad for many who believe consuming only the juice is beneficial by way detoxifying or increasing nutrient intake.

In the U.S. alone, cold press juicing is already a multi-billion dollar market, one that is expect to continue growing for years to come.

What are the side effects of juicing? In this instance, there are not necessarily any side effects, just missed-out-on health benefits.

Juicing, as it’s called, is a common household practice that involves stripping the pulp from fruits and vegetables to drink what is left, which is the juice. While supporters of juicing claim it helps improve nutrient absorption or can detoxify, there is no scientific evidence to support those types of claims.

Although not considered a bad practice, juicing is not as good for you as eating the entire fruit and vegetable. One of the important missed-out-on benefits of juicing are the antioxidents. When you strip away the fiber, you also strip away the natural antioxidents found in those fruits and vegetables.

When eaten whole, these antioxidents, which are bound to the fiber of the fruit and vegetables, are released in your digestive system. When you juice, the fiber is separated from the juice and discarded.

Is it better to juice or blend? The bottom line is juicing or consuming only fruit and vegetable juice is not healthier than consuming the entire thing. It can prove beneficial for people who truly dislike eating fruits and vegetables, however, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. of Mayo Clinic suggests blending rather than juicing, since with blending, you will still get many of the phytonutrients and fiber benefits.