| UPDATE: This post should have had more nuance. See the comment below by Jalli. Yes, juice can be quite healthy if it isn't full of sugar. And apparently, some people are wise enough to do it that way.
"Do you juice?" I've been asked this many times over the years by health-minded people. No. No, I don't. And I don't think it's a good idea. And I find it stupid and irresponsible that so many people push the idea.
Juice is tasty. I'll give it that. Delicious? Yes. Healthy? Not really.
It depends on what you put in your health cocktail of course. If you're sticking to low-sugar green foods, you might sway me to think it's a healthy (albeit bad tasting) idea. But it took a lot of restraint to keep from writing a rude comment today on a Facebook post from a guy bragging about his "healthy" juice made from like 5 pears.
Would you ever sit down and eat 5 pears in one sitting? No. You'd eat one, maybe two. And you'd be full. You'd have a belly full of natural sugars, vitamins AND fiber. But when you chug down the juice of 5 pears, you're just getting the vitamins and the sugar. No fiber. And you consume much more sugar before your feel full.
Sugar is fine in small quantities but unhealthy when you eat too much. That goes for natural AND refined sugars. When you eat a fruit, the natural check on you consuming a huge shot of sugar all at once is the fiber. It fills you up and you stop eating. When you drink juice, you consume much more sugar but you don't get full. You remove the natural check on your sugar consumption (the fiber).
Does that mean you should NEVER drink juice? No. On Christmas Eve this year, my friends made spiced apple cider and mixed it with sugarcane-lime-ginger juice. It was AWESOME. I drank a bunch. Probably more than was good for me. I mean, it was freaking Christmas and it tasted good. Once in a while, you can go nuts.
If I feel I'm getting sick, I'll also drink small amounts (like 4 oz) kombucha with lemon, ginger, and/or elderberry juices in it. Often, I don't even sweeten it enough so that it tastes good. Typically, it's the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 inch of ginger, and/or 1-2 tbsp elderberry syrup. Lots of immune support without a lot of sugar.
It's the daily consumption of juice as a "health" fad that bugs me. Drink it because it tastes good, but don't tell yourself - or others - that it's healthy. Eat your fruits and veggies, don't drink them.