Green Juice Benefits Explained by a Nutritionist | You Versus Food

(celery crunches) – What’s up, stalk? (laughs) (jazzy lounge music) Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, a registered dietitian in New York City and it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why. Wait, what’s that? Is that a juicer getting fired up? That’s right, today we’re
tackling green juice, a classic of the wellness movement but should you be juicing regularly or is green juice not as
green as it might seem? (quick, ominous music) Also, what’s the deal with celery juice? (celery stalk creaks) Let’s get juicy. (jazzy lounge music) Green juice comes from green veggies like kale, spinach, celery and cucumber. The green color in the
green juice is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll? More like bore-ophyll. (laughs) Yup, that’s the same stuff that plants use during photosynthesis to
obtain energy from sunlight. Mmm, plants. (jazzy lounge music) First off, if your green
juice tastes too good be true, it probably is. If there are sneaky sources of added sugar coming from fruit juice
or fruit concentrate, be like Ariana Grande and
say, “thank you, next.” (buzzer buzzes) Those add-ins will put a dent in the health value of your green juice, which isn’t to say that you
shouldn’t have fruit at all. If you’re making your juice at home, you want a ratio of two to one for the perfect veggie to fruit ratio; say, two cups of spinach
to one cup of berries. If you’re buying juice instead
of making it, read the label. Keep an eye out for added
sugar in the ingredients and pay attention to serving size. You got this. (upbeat lounge music) Generally speaking, not really. A juice alone isn’t nutritionally considered a balanced meal. (glass clinks) Hey you, this is not a meal. Juice has vitamins,
minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants coming
from the fruits and veggies. I can see the phytochemicals right now! Look at those antioxidants,
they’re so potent! But they’re low in the
essential building blocks for the bod, like protein
and fat, and oh, snap! Juicing removes a very valuable component to any meal; fiber. Where’s all the fiber? It’s not in there. Plus, chewing food prompts your brain to release feel good hormones, so don’t go overboard into a liquid abyss, it’s important to consume solid and balanced meals throughout the day. Or if you’re the juicing type, I would either recommend
supplementing your breakfast or lunch with a juice, or
juicing in between meals, rather than cutting a meal out completely. Just remember, juice
responsibly, my friends. Gettin’ juicy with it, na na na na na na na na na na na (relaxed funky lounge music) Celery has been around forevs but is finally having its moment. You have no idea how trendy you are. You have no idea. But more research is needed,
specifically in humans, before we jump on the celery bandwagon. Healthy compounds and polyphenols found in the celery
plant, such as luteolins, tannins and saponins have the potential to naturally treat a
wide variety of ailments. Celery, your stalk is rising! What makes celery a little bit different than the average green juice ingredient is that celery extract
coming from the leaves and the stalk contain a wide variety of phytonutrients and healthy
antioxidant compounds. Ay, badda badda badda badda wee! By juicing both of these
amazing components, you’re able to cast a
wider nutritional net. (laughs) But guess what? You can just as easily chomp
down on some crunchy celery and still obtain the benefits of feeling less bloated and more energized. Plus eating celery gets you some crunchy, gut friendly fiber which
helps you feel fuller longer. (lightsaber thrums) Has Nasdaq got a hold of this stalk? (laughs) Thank you. (upbeat piano music) Green juice gets you all different kinds of awesome vitamins and minerals and other goodness coming
from fruits and veggies. Just watch for added sugar and make sure to chew at least some of your nutrition. As for celery juice, this is definitely a food trend worth stalking. Get it? Get it? See you next time for another
episode of You VS. Food. Remember, subscribe to Well
and Good’s YouTube jannel. Jannel (laughs) Subscribe to Well and Good’s
YouTube channel like ASAP. (celery stalk snaps) Whoa! (celery stalk snaps) (woman in background speaks) That is hydrating. Like that is some hydrating stuff.

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