The latest film from Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe (“John Wick”) is an action movie in the style of Kick-Ass: it’s a vengeance thriller about an ace assassin forced out of retirement. Counter intuitively Willem, who plays Reeves’s buddy, insisted that the film include some ‘Juicing scenes’. Apparently Willem is a keen juicer and believes that taking care of himself through juicing and Ashtanga yoga is what has kept him fit enough to play action movies at full throttle aged 59.
So should we all be following suit?
lthough juicing is better than not eating fruit at all, the act of juicing means a loss of fibre and other nutrients found in the skin and pulp. Another benefit of eating whole fruit and vegetables are the flavonoids which are found in the skin and pulp of fruit and vegetables.
lavonoids are credited with helping to prevent cancer and heart disease. A whole orange contains five times as many flavonoids as a glass of juice. Additionally, eating the whole fruit or vegetables as opposed to juice can lead to feelings of satiation. In a 21-week study of healthy individuals some of whom were overweight, those who had consumed juice before a meal consumed significantly more over the day than those who had eaten solid fruit.
ating whole fruit and vegetables as well as potentially providing more nutrients than the juiced variety seems to help to keep the appetite in check. When compared with most other foods, they also have far fewer calories. So if you are looking to cut back on late evening snacks it might be worthwhile thinking about upping your vegetable intake for the evening meal.
et’s hope that Willem is using vegetables for juicing rather than fruit since five portions of fruit contain as much sugar as a slice of gateau. We also hope that he is still keeping up with his raw fruit intake. Maybe he’s eating the pulp left in the juicer?