green juice

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There’s no question that green juice is trending.  And with any diet-related craze, it’s crucial to do your homework before jumping on the bandwagon (or buying a $300+ juicer).

Pros: easy to get your daily servings of fruits + veggies, some argue that juicing makes vitamins and minerals in fruits + veggies more readily available for the body to absorb.

Cons: the juicing process removes fiber from fruits + veggies (fiber keeps you full, and without fiber, sugar from fruit is absorbed faster), loss of vitamins and minerals from skin/pulp, juices often contain a great deal of sugar due to excessive amounts of fruit (more than anyone should consume in one sitting), using juicing to supplement all meals (i.e. juice cleanses) can result in major nutrient deficiencies, and can slow down the metabolism.

My advice: I’m all for green juices as snacks, as long as they don’t contain more than one serving of fruit (i.e. 1 small apple).  Also, be on the lookout for common sugar-containing additives like coconut water + agave + dates.

My favs: Greens 4 from Pressed Juicery, simple greens from Juice Press, and Supa Dupa Greens (sans parsley, +ginger) from Juice Generation