Category Archives: Juicing

Why You Should Juice

Fads come and go in the field of nutrition and I am happy to see the back of most of them. With one exception. There is one fad I wish had stayed around a lot longer—juicing.

It was close to twenty years ago when several infomercials fueled the juicing fad (today’s ubiquitous infomercial was a new form of advertisement back then). Before long “juicing” infomercials were everywhere on TV. Day and night we were barraged with stories of health returned at a cost of only a few glasses of juice. Eventually even the skeptical among us capitulated and millions and millions of machines were sold.

These commercials followed a blueprint. Usually the company owner was presented to be a physically fit older gentleman who spoke about juicing with a religious fervor. He was on a mission to save your health he said and he had a moving story of healing to spread. Of course, the “company owner” was just a spokesperson cum salesman working on commission. Some of these spokespersons were so charismatic you forgot all that and swallowed not only the juice but everything they said. Which could be dangerous because none of these “juice preachers” were nutritionists or even knew much about the topic. According to them carrot juice could cure just about everything that ailed you, if only you drank enough. When it didn’t or when those who bought juicers got tired of making the quarts of juice a day the infomercials recommended, the machine was parked in the appliance garage and forgotten about.

Today I want you to go find it.
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Juice Rant

Maureen pulls out her soapbox, climbs up and clears her throat.

First off I want to stress that I do not work for or represent any juice extractor or juice supplement. You won’t see me on TV selling juicers and extolling their virtues. So when I recommend some juice you can be sure it is not so I can sell you a juicer to fix the problem. Second, juicing is not a miracle cure. People are not going to lay down their crutches and walk away from the shrine of the juice extractor. The blind won’t see and those with Parkinson’s disease won’t be still.  Don’t laugh. I have seen some “juice seminars” that resembled church meetings far more than appliance demonstrations.

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