The Good and Bad Side of Juicing

Our being busy almost every day is one reason we opt for equipment or machines to make our food preparations easy and fast. Juicing is a trend now since people claim it is beneficial for the health, and it saves time. Some would think it has helped with losing weight while others with getting more nutrients out of the fruits or vegetables.

We are individuals with different opinions, lifestyle, biological make-up, and dietary needs. That being said, every one of us can weigh out the pros and cons of juicing. One big factor in determining whether it is good or bad for us is health. By health, we also mean the illnesses we have or are more likely to develop.

If we have a family history of diabetes, juicing may not be a good option. Juicing only fruits produces a beverage high in calories as there is more sugar in it, mainly fructose. Our blood sugar will also increase if we drink fruit extracted juices.

When we combine fruits and vegetables, we lessen the sugar concentration, but it is not just about the sugar. It is also about the balance of the other minerals in the juice. If we choose the wrong fruits or veggies, there is a tendency our bodies would react to a certain excess of a mineral. Minerals mostly found in fruits include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Potassium and calcium contribute to heart health.

Someone with a heart problem should consult a physician before he can take a juice-only diet. Although this diet may be rich in iron and calcium, it can’t supply the nutritional quantity the body needs, especially the needs of the blood, muscles, and bones. Apart from carbohydrates, we need the other two macronutrients as well: protein and fats.

There is another type of carbohydrate, but it is indigestible. Fiber maintains normal blood sugar and helps reduce fats in the blood. If we understand the role of fiber, we may have second thoughts if we will eliminate it in our diet or not. It is important to consider that the fiber is lost as the pulp is removed in juicing. Without fiber, we will have a hard time defeating our cravings. Fiber helps cleanse the colon and, therefore, decreases the likelihood of us being constipated.

With the fiber being mentioned, there is no scientific evidence supporting the idea that juicing helps with weight management. It does not, in a day, burn fats that it can treat obesity. Obesity is a health problem that can only be managed if that person knows its root cause. Obesity may be a result of faulty genetics, metabolic disorder, or a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Another hype is that juicing helps with detoxification. Detoxification is a natural process our bodies are able to do. It is just a matter of taking care of the liver and kidneys. As said earlier, a juice-only diet may cause harm rather than benefit. Take the calcium as an example. The excessive intake of calcium may bring about kidney stones.

We also consider the freshness of the fruits and veggies in juicing. Some devotees claim that juicing prolongs the freshness of fruits and vegetables. This claim is not true since, like a freshly cut fruit, its open area will be exposed to air, making that brownish. That area undergoes chemical change, meaning, it is no longer that fresh as it was before.

Juicing in moderation is recommended as compared to making it a part of everyday diet. It is good if we are not used to eating fruits with many seeds, or if we do not like the taste of a certain vegetable. We can choose to add honey or a fruit juice to a vegetable mixture.

Where to Buy Authentic Supplements

The nutrition and sports supplements industry is a growing one and supplement stores are opening up in every nook and corner. The youth today is conscious of how they look but because of their busy corporate lifestyles can’t make the time to hit the gym or workout in any other way. If in case they do find the time, it is limited and getting in a proper body workout is tough for them. Even their nutritional habits are loathsome with a high level of dependency on fast food. So, they have resorted to taking nutritional supplements to help them with their fitness goals which may not necessarily be a bad thing but there are two major problems with this lifestyle.

Firstly, they don’t really have sufficient knowledge about what kind of supplement they are taking or should be taking. They usually just depend on what their trainers tell them to take without doing any research of their own. What they don’t know is that most of the trainers are themselves not qualified enough to be dictating nutrition. They can train and guide you through workouts but not in nutrition.

Secondly, most people end up buying from sellers that are not authentic or certified. If the supplement industry is a booming one, then the fake supplement industry is even more profitable as they sell powder in fancy packaging at a low price to entice the ignorant buyer. These ‘supplements’ carry side effects that affect their health adversely.

Our forefathers some hundreds of years ago didn’t need any supplements as they depended on a lifestyle based on pure manual hard work and a diet that consisted of eggs and bone broth for breakfast followed by a lunch and dinner that consisted of organic, vitamin and nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits and other protein.

But now, the story has changed drastically with breakfast comprising of coffee and a slice of bread maybe and lunch and dinner comprising of takeaways from a variety of fast food chains selling junk or microwaveable food that has zero nutritional value. In this time, food is losing its importance to meeting work deadlines.

This lifestyle has brought with it a number of health issues because our diet today lacks essential vitamins and nutrients and there is hardly any exercise or manual labor. So, in order to bring up the life expectancy rate a few good people went to the lab and came up with a miracle bottle – Nutritional Supplements!

These supplements are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, herbs etc. to help boost your immune system, increase your metabolism, and improve mental health and athletic performance. So if you are having trouble getting the correct nutrition from your regular diet you can use these to ‘supplement’ your diet to make up for the deficiency.

Nutritious and Delicious Food Recipes for Toddlers

It is important to know and respect your child’s likes and preferences while preparing a meal plan for them. It is good to involve children every once in a while to choose and prepare their own meals. This will help in developing their taste palates and interest in food. Here are a few recipes that are not only easy to make but delicious too:

Multigrain Roti Pizza

Ingredients: Multigrain flour, capsicum, onion, tomato, mayonnaise, butter, mozzarella cheese, tomato ketchup, and salt.

Method: Make soft dough with the multigrain flour and water. Make two chapattis and let those cool down a bit. Wash, clean all veggies and chop finely. Take a pan and brush it with a little butter. Sauté all the veggies, sprinkle a pinch of salt and keep it aside. Take a chapatti evenly spread mayonnaise on it. Spread all the sautéed veggies. Grate Mozzarella cheese on it and cover it with another roti. Heat a pan, drizzle a little butter. Put the chapatti pizza carefully on the pan. Cook it from both the sides. Serve with Ketchup on the side.

Oats Idli

Ingredients: Rolled oats, besan, two tablespoon sooji/semolina, curd, capsicum, coriander leaves carrot,, salt, baking powder (optional), and coconut chutney.

Method: In a pan dry roast oats until slightly brown. Let it cool down and then powder the oats in the mixer. Wash, clean all veggies and chop finely. Take a bowl and mix besan, oats powder, semolina and curd together. Add all the veggies to this mixture and make a smooth batter. Add salt. Grease the idli steamer plates with oil and pour the batter into each area of the steamer. Steam the idlis for 15 minutes. Cut idli’s into bite size pieces and decorate in a shape of a flower with coconut chutney in centre and Serve.

Veg Sandwich

Ingredients: Brown bread, mayonnaise, butter, tomato, onion, boiled and coarsely mashed peas, cucumber, cheese slices (optional) and salt.

Method: Wash, clean all veggies and chop finely. Take a bowl and mix all veggies in it. Take a brown bread and evenly spread mayonnaise on it. Heat a pan and brush it with little butter. Put the bread in the pan and cover it with the veggies mix. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on it. Put a cheese slice on top and cover it with another piece of bread. Cook from both the sides until slightly dark brown. Serve with Ketchup on the side.

These recipes are both easy to make and nutritious and can become one of the favorite foods for your two year old. To make sure your kids eat well it is important to put in little extra effort and make food visually appealing. You can use a cookie cutter to give parathas or sandwiches a fun shape and make it look attractive