The Sugar Problem - When Juicing Does More Harm Than Good
Juicing is a fantastic way to fulfill one’s daily servings of vegetables and fruits, providing a quick dose of vitamins and nutrients. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful in how and what you juice, you’ll also be giving yourself a large dose of sugar. We call it “the sugar problem”, when juicing does more harm than good.
Spiking Blood Sugar Levels
In fact, you could be doing your body more harm than good by juicing if you’re spiking your blood sugar levels while ingesting a concentrated quantity of pesticides (if you’re not using organic produce). Depending on the ingredients, just a few ounces of juice can cause an abrupt rise in your blood sugar. This is true whether you’re making the juice at home, buying it at a juice bar, or purchasing it in the form of a ready-to-drink bottle – all these juices can be packed with sugar! Once ingested, the influx of sugar causes the pancreas to respond by releasing a large amount of insulin, which in turn causes the blood sugar to drop back down.
The immediate effects of this sugar roller coaster ride include fluctuating energy levels, feeling hungry sooner, and even affect mental health. Over time, a diet that is high in sugar will increase the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and obesity. Taxing your body by forcing it to react to a sudden influx of sugar will eventually result in insulin resistance, which can likely lead to Type 2 diabetes.
Get the Benefits of Juicing without Sugar Spikes
What are the best ways to get the benefits of fresh, cold-pressed juice without slamming your body with sugar? Here are some tips:
Choose veggies over fruits. According to Everyday Juicer, 90% of your juice should be made with vegetables. The difficulty in juicing with fruits is that when you juice them, you also remove the fibrous content that helps slow down the release of sugar. Thus, use fruits sparingly and judiciously – and load up on the vegetables!
Always read the labels when you buy your juice. If you’re at a juice bar, ask for the nutritional content. It’s not uncommon for a bottle of cold pressed juice to contain 30-50 grams of sugar – almost as much as a can of soda!
If you’re at a juice bar, ask to substitute high-sugar juices such as apple or grapes with similarly light, sweet-tasting juices like celery or cucumbers.
Buy a powdered, dehydrated juice like Smart Pressed Juice – our juice powders are not only USDA certified organic, but contain the lowest sugar and calorie count on the market. Each serving has 1 or less grams of sugar – traditional cold-pressed juices can’t even come close.