Since Jack Lalanne introduced to the world, his first “Power Juicer”, it seemed as though almost every health nut jumped on to the juicing bandwagon. Mr. Lalanne has lived up to the ripe old age of 96. There is no question, that Jack had definitely reeked the full benefits of his invention. The sales of his “Power juicer” sky rocketed, & literally thousands of new juicer models popped up in the market. However, juicing is nothing new. The practice of extracting juices from fruit has been used in ancient medicine for thousands of years. Now that we are in the age of television and media, it has become a huge phenomenon.
Choosing a juicer can be just as aggravating as choosing a good doctor, or trying to buy a specific cold medicine. Please be forewarned, although there are undoubtedly many benifets to juicing, there is also a lot of cleaning involved; and depending on how well your particular juicer is designed, it can even be more work. Sometimes the work of cleaning can even discourage one from juicing on a daily basis, to be quite honest.
Although there are several different kinds of juicers, we basically have two main types of juicers. A standard juicer that does primarily fruits and vegetables. Then there’s another kind of special juicer called “Wheat-grass Juicer” that juices plants, grass, and leafy vegetables such as collard greens. It is important NOT to confuse a “food processor” with a “juicer”. Food processors CHOPS/and or GRINDS your vegetables and meats, while a juicer actually LIQUIFIES your veggies and fruit.
As a diabetic, if your gonna start juicing, we need to make informed choices about the kinds of raw we juice. Many people make the mistake of only focusing on the vitamins, minerals & protein; however, fruits and vegetables also have calories, and they also can contain a lot of carbs. For instance, I love avocados, they are rich with good fats, vitamin E, and anti-oxidents, and LOW in carbs; however, avocados are also HIGH in calories. Another example is bananas, they have potassium & iron; however, despite they are LOW in calorie, it is HIGH in carbs! Keep in mind that when your juicing, you are often consuming anywhere from double to triple times the amount of fruit. I encourage my visitors to go to websites such as CalorieKing, they have nutritional information for almost every popular raw fruit & vegetable. Choosing the right kind of fruit and vegetable should be tailored to YOUR specific medical and nutritional needs!! Don’t choose based on what a friend or stranger tells you. Discuss this with your doctor, or dietitian. Some people may actually need a higher calorie fruit, to gain the benefits of what a particular fruit/veg has to offer, etc.
Another thing that diabetics should keep in mind is that, most of the fiber will be in the pulp. Why this is important? because if your not on insulin, many diabeic people rely on the fiber to help with slower break down of sugar, in order to prevent sudden spikes in glucose levels. So in other words, although you are consuming valuable nutrients, you also maybe dumping too much glucose in to your system.
It is my opinion that when someone decides to juice, it may be a good idea to do it just before an exercise. This way you can use the excess glucose from the fruit to burn calories, and lower your glucose levels all at the same time. Whatever juices that may be leftover, you can use it to correct a low if you should get one after your exercise routine.
Try your best to mix fruit with vegetables, so that you can get even more benefits, and possibly lower your sugar intake as well. Green vegetables can be very bitter and bland; you can try to mix sweet fruits such as ripe oranges and apples to lessen the bitterness/earthy taste. Carrots have a very sweet taste when you juice them, and low in carbs. They taste great together with oranges, or by themselves. If you ever had carrot juice before, I guarantee, you will never go back to store bought carrot juice, once you’ve drank a freshly juiced carrot.
The above picture shows a delicious Strawberry and pear juice i’ve made. Strawberries are great for good heart health; pears are great for helping to boost our immune systems. Juicing will not be for everybody, however, if you hate taking those vitamin horse pills , or tired of drinking processed fruit drinks that contain almost no nutritional value, then juicing can be a good alternative.
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