Ella on the latest craze for juicing. A liquid diet or nutritional supplement? Read her take on it.

Ellas cauliflowersOk so with a new year comes resolutions, and the word resolution can’t even be written without immediate references to ‘going on a health drive’ or ‘getting fit’ so I thought it could be the topic for today’s blog.

Different trends always seem to be weaving their way into our lives; from detox teas last year claiming to cleanse our bodies and minds whilst boosting metabolism and the breakdown of fat, to the current juicing craze – rocketing with help from the trending Nutribullet (the leader of a food industrial revolution and a serious must have in our family!)

I was definitely doubtful when I first heard about this liquid only diet of juices, because how are a few blended vegetables supposed to supply you with similar amounts of energy to 3 meals a day?

A beneficial quality of this juicing diet is that you are likely to consume a larger portion of fruit and vegetables (the average Briton eats only 4 portions out of a recommended 7 a day!) which provide vitamins and minerals to aid the every day functions of the body. The juices also contribute water content to your diet.
However it is often this area of the diet that is highlighted online whereas the high levels of sugar and lack of  nutrients like carbohydrates often go unmentioned.

It seemed to me like something only an elite group of people would be able to sustain but for a GCSE student, a great idea to go alongside breakfast to ensure you get all the nutrition required for your body.

On the whole as a nation, we need to recognise that eating is so much more than just a fuel or a way to achieve the best body image. Instead it’s about the flavour, colour and detail of a dish. We also need to remind ourselves that a balanced diet of everything in moderation is the best path towards a healthier life.

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