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Juicing: A Dangerous Health Trend You Need to Stop

There is a dangerous trend going around. In fact, three doctors just did an exposé on it in The Washington Post.1 The trend is “juicing.” Juicing has become wildly popular over the past several years as a way to “cleanse” the body and get healthier. Juice bars have sprung up all over the place. And home juicers are selling like hotcakes.

People are drinking more juice than ever before.

Just Say No

And it needs to stop.

Juice doesn’t “cleanse” anything. It’s sugar water and it’s contributing to the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that’s sweeping the country.

In fact, there are multiple studies that show this connection.2,3,4,5

You see, drinking juice dumps a massive dose of sugar into your bloodstream.

In fact, researchers from the University of Southern California found that popular fruit juices have as much sugar as soft drinks (sometimes more).6

And if you think juicing vegetables instead of fruit puts you in the clear, think again.

Once you remove the fiber… popular juicing vegetables like carrots, beets, kale, and celery are loaded with sugar as well.7

How Much Sugar Your Glass of Veggie Juice Has

And all that sugar isn’t the only problem with juicing. You see, because juicing removes the all-important fiber from fruits and vegetables. You’re missing out on the stuff that helps your body absorb the nutrients from these foods properly.8

And if that wasn’t enough, research also shows drinking fruit juice, as opposed to eating fruit, actually makes you hungrier at mealtime.9

So, not only are you spiking your blood sugar and missing out on nutrients… you’re forcing yourself to overeat!

Whole Foods!

When you want to get the benefits of fruits and vegetables, eat them whole.

That way, you’ll ensure you’re getting maximum nutritional value without loading your body with sugar. And when you’re thirsty, try drinking flat or sparkling water instead. You’ll feel much better. Plus, you’ll have an easier time melting body fat.

To your present and future health,

Amy Lee, MD
Head of Nutrition

1 Ferris H, Isganaitis E, Brown F. People think juice is good for them. They’re wrong. The Washington Post Website. Published April 26, 2017. Accessed May 3, 2017.
2 Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Reducing Childhood Obesity by Eliminating 100% Fruit Juice. Am J Public Health. Sep 2012; 102 (9): 1630–1633. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300719.
3 Bazzano LA, Li TY, Joshipura KJ, Hu FB. Intake of fruit, vegetables, and fruit juices and risk of diabetes in women. Diabetes Care. Jul 2008; 31 (7): 1311-7. DOI: 10.2337/dc08-0080.
4 Lim JS, Mietus-Snyder M, Valente A, Schwarz JM, Lustig RH. The role of fructose in the pathogenesis of NAFLD and the metabolic syndrome. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. May 2010; 7 (5): 251-64. DOI: 10.1038/nrgastro.2010.41.
5 Muraki I, Imamura F, Manson JE, et. al. Fruit consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes: results from three prospective longitudinal cohort studies. BMJ. Aug 28, 2013; 347: f5001. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f5001.
6 Walker RW, Dumke KA, Goran MI. Fructose content in popular beverages made with and without high-fructose corn syrup. Nutrition. Jul-Aug 2014; 30 (7-8): 928-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.nut.2014.04.003.
7 Reinagel M. Juicing: Healthy Habit or Blood Sugar Bomb? Quick and Dirty Tips Website. Published August 14, 2013. Accessed May 3, 2017.
8 Ravn-Haren G1, Dragsted LO, Buch-Andersen T, et. al. Intake of whole apples or clear apple juice has contrasting effects on plasma lipids in healthy volunteers. Eur J Nutr. Dec 2013; 52 (8): 1875-89. DOI: 10.1007/s00394-012-0489-z.
9 Flood-Obbagy JE, Rolls BJ. The effect of fruit in different forms on energy intake and satiety at a meal. Appetite. Apr 2009; 52 (2): 416-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2008.12.001.

About the Author

Dr. Amy Lee

Dr. Amy Lee has board certifications in internal medicine, physician nutrition and obesity medicine specialty. She practices internal medicine with a heavy emphasis on nutrition, wellness and weight management. Her Clinical nutrition fellowship training at UCLA has allowed her to incorporate realistic lifestyle modification in all her medicine patients.