Quick, stop whatever you’re doing, get your juicer and smash it to smithereens. For if you haven’t already heard, the news is in: junk food, it transpires, is not to blame for the obesity and health crisis – it’s apple, cucumber and broccoli juice!
I must admit I always had my suspicions. Look in the fridge of any morbidly obese person and all you’ll see is a stack of cucumber, broccoli, carrots, apples and celery all waiting to be juiced. I should have put two and two together years ago when watching programs such as ‘half tonne woman’ and ‘Britain’s fattest man’. All you see on these shows are extremely overweight people, unable to move, getting increasingly frustrated that they no longer have the energy or ability to juice their vegetables. Whenever you see any fat and sick person, you and I both know, a juicer and some vegetables will be lurking somewhere in the background. I don’t know why I haven’t seen it up until now, it seems so obvious once you look at this evidence. As we speak our National Health Service is being brought to its knees because of the sheer volume of people who are now drinking freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices, it’s so mind-blowingly obvious I don’t know why I haven’t figured this out until now. I never once, not once, put our obesity and health crisis down to the liquid contained within fruits and vegetables and I’m questioning why I haven’t seen this until now when all the signs were there for all to see. Well, when I say I have finally seen the real cause the obesity and health crisis sweeping the nation, it wasn’t actually my astute observations at all, and I really shouldn’t take the credit, it was an extremely insightful woman, Alice Smellie, writing in yesterday’s Daily Mail who finally enabled me to see the light. Finally the cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes has surfaced and we have the Daily Mail and Alice Smellie to thank.
Now clearly I am being facetious (I’m now hoping you haven’t taken me seriously and smashed up your juicer!) but Alice Smellie was being one hundred percent serious when she wrote this double page headline:
IS JUICING MAKING YOU FAT?
…not to mention rotting your teeth
and starving your body of nutrients!
Why the new fad may not be
so healthy after all
Usually I wouldn’t any take any notice of such nonsense, especially from a newspaper like The Daily Mail, but there are many people out there who will read an article of this nature and falsely believe there is some genuinely validity in it. The reason why many might be easily swayed by such nonsense is not because they are stupid but rather because:
- It’s in a newspaper (therefore must be true surely)
- Is written by a journalist (therefore all the appropriate research much have taken place to write a balanced piece on the subject)
- It’s backed up by the odd state registered ‘dietician’ throughout the article (therefore must be accurate and true as they have six years worth of nutritional training)
- It has plenty of scientific studies littered throughout the piece too (Therefore guaranteeing to be 100% accurate because science is science)
The problem of course is that:
- Newspapers will of course print anything they feel will sell papers, regardless of their genuine validity and regardless of what ultimate impact they may have on someone’s life.
- If a journalist is on an agenda, such as ‘Is Juicing Making You Fat?’, they will only find ‘evidence’ to back up their premeditated agenda and discard anything to the contrary.
- Dieticians often study out of date nutritional thinking and often stick to the same nutritional mantra, even if it makes no common sense
- Science Fact is often anything but and merely science hypothesis
The article is misleading, inaccurate and is scaremongering of the highest order. I don’t have time to do a full ‘rebuttal’ every part of the article, I started to do it and then realised I’d be here for a week! So rather than spend many hours going over each point, (as I have covered them all like a billion times in my books and previous articles) I thought on this occasion I would simply let the overwhelming genuine evidence do the talking. If you’re reading this Alice Smellie, please note that over the fifteen years I have been writing about ‘juicing for health and healthy rapid weight loss’ I have received not just a few life-changing emails, but tens of thousands. A few hundred over that space of time could be seen as anecdotal, but when you have tens of thousands, you need to sit up and pay attention. After your article I was inundated with people wanting to share their positive stories and were angry that such an article had been written. I have never seen such a reaction in all my years doing this and goes to show just how passionate people are about the benefits of freshly extracted juicing. They wouldn’t be this passionate if it didn’t work, but it does – time and time again. I have simply included their responses below, because once you’ve read them, even the most hardened juice sceptic has no choice but to pay attention. If you get a chance please watch the film Super Juice Me! www.superjuiceme.com , that may also change your mind a little, or speak to the people who have had incredible success through following a well thought through freshly extracted juicing diet. I keep repeating ‘freshly extracted’ as I feel the major error in your article was the constant reference to pasteurized mass market fruit juices and the sugar they contain. Freshly extracted juice is full of soluble fibre, vitamins, minerals and a stack of phytonutrients all designed to feed and nourish. Cooked apple juice, for example, has very little soluble fibre and has been stripped of a great deal of it’s original nutrients and is often akin to a soft drink at that stage, so we’re in agreement there. But you cannot write an article about the dangers of ‘juicing’ and then prop up your argument with cooked/ pasteurized bottled mass-market orange juice – which is about as far from what people are consuming on any of my juice diets as you can get. The ‘juice craze’ as you call it, has been around for thousands of years and it’s no more a ‘fad’ than boiling a kettle. Freshly extracted juice is here to stay because people all over the world are benefiting hugely because of it. Many people simply do not like eating raw broccoli, cucumber, celery, and beetroot – I’m one of them! Which is why drinking them comes in so handy. I really wish I had more time, but alas I don’t at this stage, so here are just a tiny handful of the many stories which came flooding in after your article on Friday and should answer the question of your headline quite nicely, that question of course was, ‘Is Juicing Making You Fat?’ and here’s your answer Ms Smellie!