Question for Fiftysomethings: Should You Be Juicing?

Weighing in on the Pros and Cons of Juicing

Juicing has been touted as the ultimate way of obtaining massive amounts of vitamins and minerals and other nutrients without the side effects which may commonly accompany supplements.

However, a recent study has raised some questions on the benefits and disadvantages of juicing for people in their fifties. At this age, your body is weaker compared to that of a 25 year old. It needs more nutrients which may not be provided by juicing alone.


The Pros

We know that eating lots of whole fruits and vegetables is good for our health. But despite the hype, there hasn’t been a lot of definitive research showing how, or if, liquid fruits and veggies might confer the same benefits. Still, there are some things we have learned:

  • Most of the beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and disease-fighting chemicals in whole produce are contained in their juices, which some people find more palatable than the produce itself. So if you wouldn’t otherwise eat, say, kale, parsley or celery, drinking their juices nets you nutrients you wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

The Cons

The list of potential downsides to juicing is at least as compelling as the benefits:

  • You may not get enough fiber. Juicing leaves behind most of the skin and pulp of fruits and vegetables, so devotees can miss out on the health benefits of fiber, which is in short supply in most of our diets already. Juicing proponents suggest that removing the fiber helps the body access nutrients more easily, but experts at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere say that’s not true. Your body needs fiber to promote healthy digestive function and fiber helps fill you up better than juice alone.

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