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juices for breakfast

Hello, I am looking to become less dependent on added sugar and have realised how much sugar cereal can contain. Even bran flakes. A friend has suggested juicing for breakfast. Would this be a sustainable breakfast? I would be eating a light lunch ( soup or salad) 6 hours later and then a vegetarian meal with more carbs in the evening. Does this sound healthy? I am a teacher and I worry about feeling faint or needing urgent bowel relief through out the day. Any advice would be great 🙂

Answer:

Whilst juicing can be a useful way to get the benefits of fruits and vegetables, it should not be the basis for one of your meals. The primary issue when juicing is that you remove all of the fiber from the fruit and vegetables. Fiber is what gives the feeling of fullness. Fiber is what helps regulates blood sugar. When you juice you remove this. Removing the fiber makes all the sugar in the fruit available immediately, so rather than getting a slow release of energy you get a big hit, just like drinking soda. Plain unfrosted Bran flakes on the other hand, do contain some sugar, but they are very rich in fiber. This means the sugar will not be released into your bloodstream quickly and blood sugar levels will be maintained. Fiber is important to maintain bowel health and regularity. Again on this point you mentioned eating soup for lunch. What type of soup are you consuming clear soup, cream soup or vegetable rich soup. Cream and clear soups don’t contain any fiber so nutritionally they don’t give you any sustained energy. If not already doing so, make sure your soup is rich in vegetables. Juicing is a supplement to your existing diet, it can be useful, but should not be used as a replacement for meals. If you do want to make some kind of liquid meal, I would try and make a fruit/vegetable smoothie. Include some fats a proteins, from live yoghurt and introduce a source of fiber using chia seeds or a small spoonful of oatmeal and blend it together.

Wheatgrass

Hi, I do not eat many vegetables, and I was wondering if I could take 1-2 shots of wheat grass daily to be healthier. Is this a good idea?

Answer:

While wheatgrass does have some nutritional benefits, drinking a wheatgrass shot is not going to make up for a lack of vegetables. Firstly the fiber has been removed during the juicing process so you have lost one beneficial ingredient. Secondly wheatgrass whilst being rich in certain nutrients it does not contain every vitamin and mineral you need. You need to consume a broad range of fruit and vegetables to get all of your requirements that’s why its recommend that your aim for 5 different fruits and vegetables a day. Don’t stop drinking the wheatgrass juice, but consider it one of your 5-a-day.