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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Clean Eat Education :: The Truth about Juice Cleanses

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I'll be the first to tell you that I think that the benefits of juicing are vast! Offering an opportunity to consume SO many of the vital vitamins and nutrients your body needs to function optimally in one beverage is invaluable. However, we get questions from our readers asking if they should start their clean or continue their clean eating journey with a juice fast. For the purposes of conversation today, we will define a juice cleanse as "drinking ONLY juiced fruits and vegetables as your source caloric intake or energy." The quick answer to that is: "NO!" 

Let's think about this - the purpose of a cleanse, as most people see it is to rid your body of toxins and harmful chemicals that may be hindering your ability to function normally and properly. If you are already eating clean, or starting to eat clean, chances are, you have or are in the process of eliminating those harmful toxins/chemicals from your diet and body already!

Juice cleanses are high in vitamins and nutrients, but contain little to no fat and protein.  Juice cleanses do contain carbohydrates, with larger amounts of carbs coming from natural sugars in the fruits and vegetables.

Juice cleanses do not contain protein!  A strict juice cleanse (like those we are writing this article about) do not include protein! Sure, you may ingest about 5g of protein through some of the juiced fruits and vegetables but that is hardly enough to sustain your body without burning the muscle you already have for energy and basic life function. 

Juice cleanses include a LARGE amount of fiber! A strict juice diet is basically ALL fiber - that's what helps your body to rid itself of many of the harmful toxins and chemicals. Fiber is GREAT for you! However, when you ingest large amounts of fiber that your body is not used to processing, it may not be able to process that fiber AND the nutrients you are supplying it at the same time; therefore, you could be ingesting 1000 calories through a juice fast, but only absorbing and using around 600. This would lead you to make up the remaining calories your body needs to function by burning your muscle stores and converting them to energy.

Still want to do a juice cleanse? This may be a great way to get you "kick-started" and on track. However, you will want to do a modified one! Include some healthy fats like a serving of avocados and raw nuts, as well as 30-40 grams of protein such as baked chicken breast with no seasonings. Whatever you do, make sure that you ingest at least 1200 calories as that is the typical number of calories your body needs each and everyday to carry on basic life functions without burning muscle.

Choose what works for you and your goals!

Good luck!
Tiffany

11 comments:

  1. I'll also say this - if you have blood sugar issues, seriously reconsider! Or at least talk to your doctor. I am hypoglycemic and did a weekend cleanse about 2 months ago. On sunday evening I was experiencing one of the worst blood sugar crashes of my life. My strategy has been to clean up my diet gradually, but balance it out with things from all food groups - fruits, veggies, lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, and whole grains. Carbs, protein, fiber, low glycemic. I have found a rhythm my body seems to enjoy. All cleansing did for me was mess it up. Although - in the future I could see myself possibly throwing in some fruit and veggie packed juices in addition to protein and low glycemic carbs.

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    1. ArystaRen, You are very correct. It works for some for a short time, but it can be detrimental to some if their bodies' are not able to handle it.

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  2. I'm so glad you posted this. People really think they can just do these quick fixes and go back to eating poorly. YOU HAVE TO EAT FOOD!!!! Protein is essential to the diet IMO. Great Post!!!

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  3. Excellent information. Thanks for posting! I think juice cleanses are becoming very popular and people aren't necessarily getting enough information or consulting their doctors before starting them. I love juicing. My husband and I make a juice daily. I love knowing I'm able to get even more veggies than normal into my diet using a juicer. We also eat real meals though. Lots of protein, complex carbs, and veggies throughout the day.

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  4. I was under the impression that the juicer extracts most or all of the fiber?? I start every morning with a 16 oz fresh juice and follow the Eat Clean Diet the rest of the day. Is this wrong??????

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    1. It definitely depends on your juicer - some leave the pulp and that is the most fibrous part! What you are doing is perfectly fine as long as you are getting in your required protein, fats and carb ratios.

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  5. I Beg To Differ When Saying The Juice Cleanse Contains Lots Of Fiber. A Juicer Takes All The Fiber Out Of The Juice While It SeprratesThe Juice From The Pulp...Which Is Where The Fiber Is!

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    1. Not if you're using a VitaMix! All of the contents remain in the mixture.

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    2. Juicing and blending are very different.

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