Monday, February 9, 2015

Juice anyone?

Juicing has been a highly popular trend that has been on the rise in recent years- juice bars, juice in cafes, juicing at home. What will be next? Juicing on an ice skating rink? It’s a possibility. The questions arise though: Why did this trend begin? Is it only a fad? And how beneficial is juicing anyway?  “Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of Moon Juice, which has shops in Venice and Silver Lake, says people are taking their health into their own hands because they feel disappointed by conventional food and medicine,” reports Los Angeles Times. People are tired of being tired and are perhaps seeking a new avenue from which to add color and vibrancy in their health life. Juice is an accessible means for people who just don’t have the time to add fruits and veggies in their day. Although, are all the benefits of the fruits and vegetables being included in that juice? Senior Dietitian, Dana Hunnes from the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center says, “I think it's healthier to eat the food and get the fiber and other things," though she says there's likely no harm in jump-starting an effort to eat healthfully with a one-day juice regimen. Depending on the juice, there can be a high sugar content because of the sweet produce used. Lisa Sussman, author of “Cold Press Juice Bible” suggests four servings of leafy or cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, spinach, cabbage, etc., for every one of fruit. If this is the snack one is choosing, over a handful of potato chips, it is quite hard to argue against. Juice fans are willing to pay for their juice, and for that reason it is a trend will likely remain.

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