Nutrition

Why Juicing is SUCH bullshit

August 22, 2016

Juicing. The word makes me cringe. I can’t even. Like literally, can’t even. I see skinny, pretty bloggers posting pics of them sipping on their juice in their sports bra and yoga pants with a “link in profile” use discount code “Samantha”.

Y’all, unless your blogger friend Sammy is a registered dietitian nutritionist, pump the breaks. No, I am not tooting my own horn. But, seriously, would you ask your plumber for advice cardiac surgery? Hell no! You’d ask your cardiologist! Why on earth are you taking nutrition advice from someone is not properly educated on the subject?

Dietitians have their bachelors degree in clinical dietetics for accredited universities (none of this online mumbo jumbo). They complete a 1000-hour internship and pass national boards. Look for the credentialing to know you are working with THE nutrition expert. Not some “nutritionist’ who took an online course. Come on. You know better.

Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox. Back to juicing. Here’s why it is such crap:

  1. You have 2 organs whose primary job is to filter waste out: liver and kidneys. Literally, they remove toxins/waste 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no literature that supports you need an outside source to assist in waste removal.
  2. Juice cleanses are full of sugar. They are low in protein and other essential nutrients. Think about it: would you ever in one sitting eat pineapple, spinach, oranges, kale and celery? It’s too much food. Why would you drink it all at once? Research shows drinking you calories leads to less fullness.
  3. 1 green juice can have more calories and sugar than a candy bar. Why even?
  4. You are way better off actually consuming the fruit and or veggie whole. You get all the benefits of the fiber and there is more bioavailability of the vitamins and minerals.
  5. There is NO data that a “juice cleanse” can boost your metabolism. Not one peer reviewed, respected study is out there.

Is 1 green juice going to hurt you? No. What would be better? Eating the actual fruit and vegetable the way they come naturally. Don’t follow trends. Follow science. Trust the nutrition expert, a registered dietitian.

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  • Amanda Foti August 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Was checking out your site after meeting you! Looks AMAZING and I love this blog post so much! Keep it up girl! XO

    • Caroline Susie RD August 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Amanda! Greatly appreciated!

  • Charla Sisk August 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I am an English major. You should check your work before posting.

    • Caroline Susie RD August 23, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      I am a clinical dietetics major. I assure you that there will be multiple grammatical errors in every post. No need to read future posts as I am sure it will bother you!

      • Maria August 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

        I have a degree in nutrition science and am a registered dietitian nutritionist, and I am still able to proofread my writing. Your errors weren’t even all grammatical. Some were just typos. Isn’t it worth reading over and making sure it says what you really want it to say before you post it? Otherwise you look lazy, and in my opinion you are lowering the value of your degree. One can understand science and write well also. In fact, it’s very important to write well to make sure you get your message across clearly. Please take the time! Thank you.

        • Caroline Susie RD August 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

          I apologize for disappointing you and those in our field. I will make more mistakes as I continue to blog. I do “take the time” and I’m sorry I am not able to proofread my writing like you. Nothing but love from my end and pray that you will be able to support RDs

  • Veta McCoy August 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I have a question for you.

  • John Garsaud August 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    You may be right about eating the food vs. juicing but I juiced (and ate a little) for 15 days. I lost 10 pounds, my headaches subsided, my blood pressure stabilized and I had more energy in the afternoons. These are facts and I have a degree in computer science but that doesn’t mean I can write my own operating system for Apple. Throwing your credentials around doesn’t prove anything to me. Saying something is bullshit when it has helped many people with similar issues tells me that someone doesn’t want to accept that there might be another way to a healthy life from the things they learned in school.

    • Caroline Susie RD August 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I am so happy you feel better. No one knows your body better than you. But, this post was about people spending a lot of money on something that is not scientifically proven. We do not have any data to back up the claims that manufacturers put on labels. I am not a fan of these products and until the science changes, I can’t in good faith recommend them.

      • Brad August 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

        Yet you can condemn then huh?

  • Travis August 24, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    It’s important to distinguish between juicing and making a smoothie in a blender with greens and fruit. The difference is that juicing removes the pulp and a blender does not. Juicing is pure sugar but a blender smoothie is not. A blender smoothie is the same as eating everything whole that you put in the blender. You also don’t consume all of it at once. So where you might put in several pieces of fruits you not consuming the whole thing at once but splitting it up for multiple meals. Blender smoothies are awesome and a great way to consume a lot of nutrients you ordinarily would not get if you weren’t consuming a smoothie.

  • Barbra August 24, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Making smoothies is better than juicing as the whole fruit is used. A vitamix or similar is wonderful. But 200 kcals of snickers just is not the same as 200 kcals of real fruit or even juice. Depending on your age and when you received your training, your assumptions might be outdated. My BS in Nutrition from Texas A&M is hopelessly outdated. I saw a young clinical dietician who created a meal plan for me that included mcDonalds, lunchables, and Lance Peanut butter crackers. She actually said the words “as long as you expend more calories than you consume, you will lose weight. We are learning more and more how important it is to eat foods that are real and clean. The real bad guys are additives and preservatives. Eggs and butter are not the horror stories we once thought they were. Nutritional constituents in the context of whole food is where it’s at. I think your article over simplifies the discussion. One nutritionist to another, I hope you widen your scope and educate yourself beyond the walls of academia. These degrees we paid a fortune for aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. God bless!

  • Tabitha Odom MPH RD LD August 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    LOVE THIS!! Preach on!