Ah, green juice. Is there anything more emblematic of the wellness movement? The starring vegetable may change (spinach, kale, and now celery juice), but green juice in general has stood the test of time—unlike Jazzercise and Jane Fonda workout videos.
But are green juice benefits for real? It’s a question registered dietitian Tracy Lockwood-Beckerman, RD gets to the bottom of in Well+Good’s latest episode of You Versus Food, a YouTube series devoted to giving the straight facts on popular food and drink trends. (You’ve already subscribed to our channel, right?)
In the five-minute episode, Lockwood-Beckerman gives the facts on what to look for in a healthy green juice. “If it tastes too good to be true, it probably is,” she says. (Meaning there’s probably a ton of sugar in there!) The rule of thumb: “If making your own juice, you want a ratio of 2:1 when it comes to the perfect veggie to fruit ratio,” Lockwood-Beckerman says. “Say, two cups of spinach to one cup of berries.” If you’re buying your green juice, keep your eye on the added sugar.
She also answers the big Q of whether a green juice works as a meal replacement. In a word, no. “A juice alone isn’t nutritionally considered a balanced meal,” Lockwood-Beckerman says, explaining that while you can reap the benefits of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, you’re missing out on fiber. (Oh right, fiber!)
And as for the whole celery juice craze? Watch the episode to the end to see if it gets the, er, green light from this top dietitian.
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