12/22/2010 6:21 PM
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I recently got a juicer and started juicing veggies every day. I feel great, and I know that this fresh raw juice is excellent for my body, mind and soul. However, I was having trouble figuring out the point value of my concoctions. So I started searching around the weight watchers site and saw a few other people with similar concerns had posted in the community forums. The commentary from the peanut gallery in response to these posts was disheartening to say the least! These people commenting thought that juice was juice and it didn't matter where it came from. That is SO NOT TRUE!
Store bought juices are old, pasturized and preserved. Fresh juices, made in a juicer, have all the vital nutrients and phytonutrients that you can only get in raw vegetables. They haven't been destroyed by pasturization processes or died from old age. Now, points wise, these fresh juices are probably the same or similar to store bought juice since these vital nutrients aren't a part of the weight watcher's calculations. But that does not mean they are the same. Points are just points- not the whole picture of foods. And the fact that most fruits and veggies are now zero points probably has more to do with the fact that Americans don't eat nearly enough of either than it does with complex calculations to figure out points. Most people don't eat any vegetables at all (seriously! I know, its crazy!!!)- so by making them no points perhaps weight watchers is trying to influence healthier behaviors in its clients as well as point out that fruits and vegetables are really good for you.
After researching regular juice in the points tracker, I give myself 1 point for all veggie juice (1 cup) and 2 points if I add an apple or orange to the mix. But to think that freshly juiced kale, carrot and apple juice is the same as something with similar ingredients that is in a bottle in a store is just nonsense. I highly recommend that you taste the fresh raw kind and you will see that its like comparing apples to oranges (no pun intended). Fresh raw food is good for you- google it!
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