While there are a lot of excellent advantages to juicing, it isn’t perfect by any means. There are some drawbacks that you should consider before jumping head first into the hobby since they may change your mind. Juicing isn’t for everybody, and there’s no shame in admitting that you’re not willing to make the investments necessary to add this to your lifestyle.
1. It Can Be Expensive – Fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive, especially if you’re planning to combine a number of them into juices. This isn’t to say that they are outside of the price range of most people, but they are a significant part of the grocery bill and if you’re looking to budget more tightly, it might not be a good idea to start a juicing regiment.
This is on top of the initial investment in an actual juicer which can run anywhere from $50 to $400 on average and more in some cases if you have specialty needs.
2. Cleaning and Sanitation – Speaking of juicers, it can be difficult or time consuming to actually clean and sanitize your juicer when you’re done using it. They often have a lot of parts that have to be disassembled and washed thoroughly immediately after drinking. The longer you let it stay there, they harder it is to clean.
In some cases, the dirty parts require specialty equipment to clean or are difficult to access. Of course, you want to make sure that you do it anyway because you otherwise run the risk of getting sick from microbes or other problems that occur with the consumption of rotting food particles. Not everybody has the time to do the job that they need in order to be safe.
3. Time – Juicing can save a lot of time when it comes to actual consumption, but it can also take quite a bit of time in preparation. You need to cut all of your fruits and vegetables to appropriate sizes, actually juice them, and then the above-mentioned cleaning process. While this can be a good shift of time investment from one period of the day to another, ultimately you’re not really gaining anything.
4. Storage – Not everybody has the storage necessary for juicing. This starts with the juicer itself which can, in some cases, be particularly bulky and heavy. While you may be able to find a place for it in the back of a cabinet, that makes you far less likely to use it on a regular basis. Keeping it someplace accessible like the kitchen counter means giving up valuable space that could be used for other sorts of cooking or food preparation.
Even if you have a convenient place for the juicer itself, you may find that it’s difficult to keep all of your ingredients in the refrigerator. This is especially true if you have to prep them ahead, which can end up filling your fridge with containers or plastic bags full of what you plan to put into your juices, leaving little room for other foods.
5. Loss of Fiber – While often insoluble, the fiber that you get from fruits and vegetables comes from the pulp. It’s the physical matter that helps break down foot in your stomach and ease digestion. By juicing, you’re taking that part out of the ingredients, meaning that you’ll have to make sure that you get your fiber elsewhere.
Juicing is still an excellent hobby and one with a number of fantastic benefits, but keep in mind that you do need to invest a lot of time and money into it to get the biggest advantages.