21st June 2019

Peel is a juice bar first and foremost. We specialise in blending fresh ingredients into delicious drinks that have functional benefits for your body and mind. As a business what we are most interested in is improving the health and well being of our guests.

Hailed by some as a miracle for weight loss and ‘detoxing’ and derided by others as new age fluff, there is a lot of debate around the effectiveness of juicing diets. What follows is the low-down on juice and juicing. What we mean by juicing is the pressing of whole fruit and vegetables and extraction of the liquid component. Typically, the finished product will exclude the pulp and skin of the fruit.

By far the greatest benefit of consuming fruit and vegetables in juice form is that it makes it much easier to consume a lot of healthy food. Put simply, it is easier to drink 5-a-day than to eat it. For people who really do not like fruit and vegetables, a tasty drink made up of fresh ingredients will make it far more likely that they will consume wholefood based vitamins than resort to supplementing. For everyone else, a small bottle of juice will be quicker and more available than the raw food alternative most of the time. ‘Food first’, meaning consumption of nutrition directly derived from wholefoods, is always the best policy, and supplementation should not be necessary in an average persons balanced diet.

Our juicer, the Robot Coupe J100 Ultra, doesn’t heat any of the ingredients, so all the vitamins and antioxidants are preserved in the juicing process. This ensures you get the most vitamins out of every juice!

Juicing can also be useful for those trying to lose weight, as a disciplined juice diet will lead to a calorific deficit. In the short term, this will lead to fairly rapid weight loss.

However, there are limits to the effectiveness of juicing alone as a diet. For example, when you juice a fruit or vegetable it is not served with the skin or the pulp. This is the part of the plant that contains all the fibre, which is important in the maintenance of a healthy digestive system. Fibre bulks up stools, makes them softer, easier to pass and makes waste move through the digestive tract faster. People on a strict juice diet will struggle to get enough fibre in their system. One way around this is to blend your ingredients rather than juice them. This way, the skin and pulp make their way into the drink, and the fibre remains.

The lack of fibre and the lack of protein impact the effectiveness of juicing as a method for losing weight. Fibre and protein both affect feelings of fullness, so a juice diet may leave you feeling hungry and empty, even if you have consumed enough calories. This is also the case when not consuming solid foods generally, so while a smoothie diet of blended drinks may improve the situation, most people will still not feel full. This increases the temptation to reach for unhealthy foods, which defeats the point of a weight loss diet.

There are further factors that show how juicing is not a great plan for weight loss. The body knows when it is being deprived of calories, and will go into starvation survival mode when this happens. In this state, you burn fewer calories, so metabolism rates decrease. This is compounded by a lack of protein in a juice diet.

The lack of protein will mean your body will start to atrophy, and you will lose muscle mass that will reduce your metabolism, making it harder to shift future weight.

We are a juice bar, and we believe in the power of our juices to provide tasty nutrition to our customers. We also want our customers to be as clued in as possible about the healthiest way to consume fruit and vegetables. Juice IS great and tasty way to get vitamins on the go, and allows you to blend the goodness from 3 or 4 plants into one, giving you a broader nutrient profile. Juice IS NOT all 5 food groups, and should not be treated as such! As always, balance is the key to a healthy diet.