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.