Fruit VS Veggie Juice

 
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Vegetables are so good for our health and we should be eating them on daily basis, but... Do we really consume as much vegetables as we should be? It is always challenging incorporating them into our diet, especially we aren't really great fans of these crunchy healthy green stuff (I am speaking here from my own experience, vegetables for me were only a decoration on my plate!) Being so important and so healthy, why not thinking of how to include them in our daily routine? One of the best and certainly the most efficient ways to use them and at the same time get the most of them is to eat them raw. This might not be such an appealing idea for many (including myself few years back), but it certainly is a great way to access all the nutritional value that is not lost when cooking or steaming them.

If having a veggie juice or a smoothie is not (yet) a part of your daily routine, then it is understandable that you will opt for a fruit juice rather than a veggie juice. Not only because it looks nicer and more colorful but also because it tastes better... Sweeter. A-haaaa, got ya! Now that is where the catch is! In sugar, of course! :)

The recommended ratio is 90% vegetable - 10% fruits. Why?

  • Fruit juices are higher in sugar than veggie juices which can affect insulin level and cause cravings and weight gain
  • Fruit juices have fiber removed - what remains is concentrated sugar in liquid form which affects the blood sugar level (Sugar can be diluted by adding water to your juice – at least by half or add green vegetables to it to off-set the sugar content)
  • Vegetables are more alkaline than fruits. Vegetables alkalize your system and help to maintain the delicate pH balance that contributes to optimal health.
  • Vegetables provide health benefits and are likely to reduce risk of many chronic diseases

Benefits & Tips

  • For cleansing purposes, juices should be varied and contain lots of green vegetables, not just fruits
  • Weight loss recommendation: cucumbers, greens, lemon, grapefruit, fruit juices definitely not recommendable
  • Liver cleansing & nourishing: dandelion greens and other bitters
  • Cucumbers and celery: provide volume, good diuretics, flush out toxins – if low blood pressure, reduce the quantity or add a pinch of salt
  • Use green apple to sweeten your veggie juice
  • Beets, carrots, apples, oranges are high in natural sugar, so same applies to them as to fruits
  • Fruit juices should be avoided by diabetics, those who have problems with blood sugar or those who wish to lose weight
  • Use raw, unpasteurized, fresh, organic produce
  • The best time to have your last juice/smoothie is 2-3 hours before going to bed, as our body does the clean up and repair during the night so it would be good to give it a rest from digestion too
  • Sweeter juices are better earlier in the day, to help your body metabolize the high sugar content
  • Advice: Drink your veggies, eat your fruits!