Carrot, celery, and pineapple. Kale, apple, and raspberry. Spinach, peach, and mango.
Whether they’re blended at home in a breakfast smoothie or grabbed on the go as an afternoon snack, juices — thought by many to be a convenient way to consume more fruits and vegetables — are becoming increasingly popular. Many folks rely on juices as meal replacements, or go on juice cleanses or fasts to either quickly lose weight or as a so-called detox.
The options for juicing, a process during which a raw fruit or vegetable’s natural liquids, vitamins, and minerals are extracted and solid matter is discarded, leaving one with liquid, or pure juice, are endless. By the end of 2024, the cold-pressed juice market in North America is expected to be valued at more than $311 million, according to Persistence Market Research.
But is drinking copious amounts of juice for an extended time healthy?
In a nutshell: No. Health Matters turned to Shira Sussi, MS, RD, CDN, a clinical nutritionist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who explains why relying on juice for weight loss or its so-called cleansing properties has its drawbacks.