From various weight loss programs known by modern dieters, juice diet seems like one of the most ideal ones. It packs all the ingredients that we often neglect in daily diet, such as green vegetables and fruits. However, consuming the fruits and vegetables in whole state is not the same with juicing them, and current studies about diets have revealed health risks associated with long term juice diet, especially if most of your meal consists of juice.
There are two noted dangers of juice diet: excessive sugar intake and oxalate overdose.
Excessive Sugar Intake in Juice Diet
One of the most commonly noted health risks from homemade juice program is excessive sugar intake. Fruits contain natural sugar called fructose, but it is usually alright when you eat fruits in their whole forms. However, when you blend the fruits, you break down the fiber and natural sugar in them, which you can notice from the naturally sweeter flavor of those fruits when turned into juice. This means you drink more intake of sugar when the fruits are blended into juice.
Even without added sugar in the juice or smoothie, you still risk extra intake of sugar when you blend the fruits and naturally sweet vegetables into juice. Long term juice consumption has also been credited to increased cases of teeth cavity, including in children and teenagers. Long term juice diet program is not only bad for diabetics, but also can damage your weight loss program.
“What about green juice?” You probably think. While consuming green vegetables is great for your health, long term green juice diet can also be dangerous.
Oxalate Overdose in Vegetable Juice Diet
Oxalate overdose can happen to people who drink green juice excessively for a long time. Recently, the American Journal of Medicine recorded a case of oxalate overdose from 6-week long green juice diet. Oxalate overdose is caused by reactions between naturally occurring oxalate acid in some vegetables and minerals in the body such as calcium. The result is a condition that can cause kidney problems, such as kidney stones, urinary tract infection, and even renal failure.
Oxalate acid occurs naturally in various vegetables and fruits commonly used in juice diet program, such as spinach, beets, parsley, okra, collard greens, watercress and rhubarbs. However, the acid is also present in various fruits such a berries, kiwi, figs, plums and star fruits. Furthermore, oxalate acid can also be present in various soy products. Consuming these fruits and vegetables in juice program for a long term can lead to the abovementioned health problem, so you need to make your juice in smart way to avoid it.
Tips to Do Safe Juice Diet
If you still want to involve homemade juice in your diet, make sure to do smart juicing. Do not make the juice an integral part of your diet, but use it as supplement. You should consult with your doctor about involving juice in your diet, and do not consume it every single day. In the end, the best way to consume fruits and vegetables is not by juice diet, but eating them in their original state.