Do You Juice?

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Juicing’ – drinking freshly squeezed fruit juices as part of a detox, or meal replacement is a new diet health fanatics are adopting across the country. 

The craze has been around for years in the circles of super-fit health freaks, but has only recently hit the mainstream. ‘Pro-juicers’ are releasing books, DVD’s and dedicating websites to the practice which has launched the ‘juice diet’ into the realms of the Atkins, Manuka Honey and other fad diets.

It sounds harmless enough. Following the juice diet doesn’t involve popping pills, injecting serums or applying mysterious creams to your cellulite day and night. You simply drink juice.

Photographer, Emy Harris, 27, has been juicing for over a year:

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“I got a bit obsessed with it at first. I started with a seven day detox where you just drink juice for a whole week. I lost eight pounds but I felt a bit dizzy and faint after a few days. Now I just have a juice every day for breakfast and still eat two meals.”

Emy posts her own juicy recipes on her Instagram.

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The idea behind it is that the juice cleanses your body and expels all the toxins we ingest when eating processed food.

Blenders v juicers

What’s the difference?

Juicing can turn out to be expensive as you need a specialist juicing machine and that can set you back hundreds, astonishingly, although there are less costly options. A blender just won’t cut it.

When you put fruit in the blender, all the good stuff gets mixed up together but unlike smoothies, juices don’t contain any of the natural fibres from the fruit. The juicer separates the flesh of the fruit from the juice. Anything that’s not juice goes in the bin.

Hidden sugars

Without the natural fibre in the fruit and vegetables, the human body can more easily absorb naturally occurring sugars which may have otherwise just passed through. This is one of the main objections highlighted by users. Juicers have blamed outbreaks of bad skin and headaches on excess sugar levels. Although this hasn’t been scientifically proved.

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Student Hannah Preece, 21, noticed her skin had got worse after she started the juice diet:

 “I love a fad diet but juicing gave me big red spots on my chin. They were really painful. I’d never really had any before I started the diet. I tried to mix it up by using more vegetables which obviously don’t have as much sugar in.”

Living on a diet of pure fruit juice is a great way to get your five a day, but it means the body isn’t getting enough protein or fat which it needs as part of a healthy and balanced diet. While it can seem like a quick fix for losing weight, little is known about the long-term effects such an extreme diet has on the body.

Have your say. Leave a comment in the box below and tell us what you think about the juice diet. Have you tried it?

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