Many of us have shared how juicing has become an important part of our diet, with a few voicing concerns about whether this unnatural way of obtaining nutrients is as good as is commonly portrayed to be the case. So it was with interest that I read this article referred to me by someone very dear to me:
This article was posted a couple of years ago by a professional nutritionist contributor to HealthUnlocked's Ask the Wellness Expert community. Points of concern are covered under the following headings:
* The sluggish gut effect
* Bye-bye valuable fibre
* No sense of portion control
* Get hungrier sooner
* The juice-induced sugar cycle
There's no doubt that juicing can be an important means of boosting our intake of essential nutrients in which we may be deficient. Perhaps more importantly, as the article notes, juicing can be a very good way of changing our palette so that we do eat more fruit and vegetables without first juicing them (given eating sufficient fruit and vegetables is a common failing of many of us).
Photo: Barley sprouting from a fallen barley head after an uncharacteristic very wet few days in the middle of summer.