Juicing and Fiber Content -- What's the Scoop?
Juicing is a popular way to bring vegetables to your diet. Many claim that it is a way to lose weight, but one has to wonder if it is a long-term solution to weight loss and healthy eating. When it comes to fiber, there are two kinds to which we should pay attention — Soluble and insoluble.
Soluble fiber plays a valuable role in health and weight loss. Soluble means that is dissolves in water. Insoluble means it does not dissolve in water. Our bodies absorb soluble fiber and in the bloodstream, it helps to absorb fats and sugars before either are taken in by the cells. In that way, they help with weight loss. When you juice food, you remove the insoluble fiber and most of the soluble fiber remains. So juicing does not greatly reduce the amount of soluble fiber in food.
Insoluble fiber is the fiber found in foods and does not dissolve in water. This is the fiber that stays in our digestive track and adds to improved digestion, improved intestinal health, helps prevent constipation. When we juice food, much of the insoluble fiber is left behind. In this way, juicing reduces a vast amount of fiber in our diet.
Positives and Negatives of Juicing
There are positives and negatives to juicing and to determine if juicing is good for you, you need to ask yourself a few questions. One of those questions is why not just eat the whole vegetable instead of just its juice. You already know that by doing so you would gain both types of fiber.
One of the reasons people juice is to hype up on vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. That is not necessarily healthy. Your body can only absorb so many vitamins and minerals at one time. In fact, it is recommended that you drink four 16-20 ounces juice cocktails per day.
Can you gain better health and lose weight by eating a better diet? Likely, you can. A good place to find answers to these questions is at the Metabolic Research Center. There you can find information, professionals, a library of recipes, and then make an informed decision about how to address weight loss and improved health.
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