When it comes to your health and well-being, you can’t afford to take any chances, which is one of the main reasons why juicing has become so popular over the years.
Though Juicing has been around for a long time, it wasn’t until the hit documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead aired that the world really went juice crazy.
Juicing is basically the process of taking whole fruits and/or vegetables, and pushing them through a juice machine which separates the fiber from the liquids found inside these foods.
The vast majority of nutrients in these foods are found in the juices, and as the fiber has been removed, once consumed, these nutrients are absorbed virtually right away by the body, in higher dosages.
It may sound easy, after all, how tough can it be to push a piece of fruit or vegetable through a juicer, and then drink the liquid provided by the machine?
Well, actually, it’s tougher than you think.
Here’s a look at 4 common mistakes people make when juicing.
1. Drinking too much fruit juice
To most people, the thought of drinking fresh vegetable juice is not appealing, which is why they instead focus on fruit juices.
Don’t get us wrong, fresh fruit juice is incredibly good for you and is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. The problem is that it is also full of fructose sugars, which are absorbed quickly by the body, are high in calories, and can cause sudden spikes in insulin.
Too much sugar is bad for your teeth, it could result in weight gain, or it could even result in type-2 diabetes.
Because of this, you should aim to juice around 30% fruit, and 70% vegetables as vegetables contain far less sugars, and are often higher in nutrients as well.
2. Drinking vegetable juice separately
Unless you’re certain you like the taste of vegetable juice, it is always advisable that you combine fresh fruits with fresh vegetables when making your juices, as the sweetness from the fruits will make the juice taste a lot nicer.
Juicing an entire head of broccoli and drinking the juice, while being extremely healthy for you, will not taste great.
If, however, you add an apple, a slice of lemon, and perhaps an orange to the juice, all of a sudden it will actually taste a lot nicer. If you enjoy fresh vegetable juice, then knock yourself out, but our advice would be to add at least one fruit to your juice recipes before you proceed.
3. Using the same ingredients every time
All juice enthusiasts out there have their own favorite recipes, but even so, eventually they grow tired of drinking the same ingredients day in and day out.
To help keep your juices exciting and palatable, make sure you buy different ingredients and make different juice recipes.
There are hundreds of juice recipes online for you to look at, so take a look and see which ones appeal to you.
4. Not washing your juicer right away
One habit you must get into if you’re serious about juicing, is washing your juicer every time you’ve finished using it. It’s a pain in the butt, even though it doesn’t take very long, but it is something you must do.
Don’t just leave it at the side of the sink like you would with dirty plates sometimes, get it in the sink with hot soapy water, take everything apart, and give it a good wash.
If you just leave your juicer there and decide not to clean it right away the fruit and vegetable pulp will dry and harden, making it ten times harder to clean.