Can juice really be the answer to all of life’s challenges? While nutritionists and doctors warn all consumers to avoid adopting juicing as the cornerstone of their diet plans, there is no argument that incorporating fruit and vegetable juices into your eating plan in moderation can add variety and nutritional benefits to your diet.  So, if you’re juicing or considering juicing, follow these tips to ensure that you do it safely and healthfully. 

The dangers of juice cleanses

Never make juice your main source of calories. Professionals in the field of nutrition always agree that juice cleanses are not only not beneficial for health, but that they could cause negative physical side effects.

When selecting a juicer for home use, find a model that incorporates the fibre from the produce back into the finished juice so that you don’t lose this valuable nutrient.

"Watch your portion sizes!  It’s easy to get carried away adding produce to the juicer or blender only to find that you have made much more juice than you intended."

When buying packaged juice or smoothie bases, read the labels. Do these convenience products contain added sugar?  Does it say that some or all of the ingredients are from concentrate?  Look for pure juices that contain whole foods and as few colours, preservatives or processed ingredients as possible. 

Juice: vitamin and calorie dense

Remember that regardless of what fruits and vegetables they contain, juices contain calories. That means that they aren’t ‘free’ and should be viewed as an occasional substitute for eating a salad, a piece of whole fruit or a cup of vegetable soup. If you consume large servings of juice or drinks that contain calorie dense ingredients (such as avocado, eggs or banana) to your daily food intake your calorie intake will increase. 

Watch your portion sizes!  It’s easy to get carried away adding produce to the juicer or blender only to find that you have made much more juice than you intended. Measure out your serving sizes to ensure that you getting the calories you expected to get and to make sure you don’t fill up on juice and ruin.

Check out Dana’s YouTube Channel Food Trends TV here.