When Juicing Goes Wrong.

Via David Romanelli
on Mar 27, 2012
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The above photo is of the self-proclaimed “Juice Man.” Previously from a tough neighborhood in South Boston, Juice Man was cajoled into trying a fresh juice fast before getting hooked and drinking only fresh juices for 100 straight days.

Of course this makes you ponder the whole juicing craze. Is it really good for you or is it a racket (like bottled water) intended to drive up the price on a naturally occurring product and create a multi-billion dollar industry?

However you look at it, the juicing industry is exploding out of the blocks.

According to Starbucks, it’s potentially worth $3.4 billion annually.

And that’s why Starbucks bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million last November.

Last Monday, Starbucks opened the Evolution Fresh juice bar (see photo) in Bellevue, Washington, the first of a new chain.

Why All the Craze?

Personally, I enjoy the product if not the prolonged juice fast. Fresh juice makes you feel great, and is a nutrient rich source of consumption… but it deserves at least some scrutiny.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil,

“You should be aware that if you drink mostly fruit juices, you might be getting more sugar and less fiber than you need. This can cause problems if you are diabetic or have weight issues.

“In general, I recommend against drinking fruit juice by itself. Instead, drink it along with something with extra fiber, healthy fat, or lean protein.”

And the product is outrageously expensive. The prices at Starbucks’ owned Evolution Fresh are not for the faint of heart: “A full-size juice and salad (or sandwich) could set you back the better part of $20.”

Juicing on Ghizz?

Before diving headfirst into juicing, I invite you to look back on my expose regarding the health benefits of another product thought to be all the rage…

a now defunct company called Ghizz whose ingredients included…lemur semen.

In that expose, I quoted Mark Twain:

“Be careful reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”


David Romanelli


About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on www.yeahdave.com.


19 Responses to “When Juicing Goes Wrong.”

  1. Love it Dave! Drinking w/ swiss chard, blueberry lemonade as I read it-hahah!

  2. John says:

    Sigh. Please define what it is you’re talking about. For the non initiated, the whole article is a non starter.

  3. John,

    Juice is the liquid that is naturally contained in fruit or vegetable tissue. It is commonly consumed as a beverage or used as an ingredient or flavoring in foods. Juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables. Juicing also refers to replacing solid food with juice in one's diet, either by fasting with juice only, or by supplementation. There are a vast number of resources on the web to learn about juicing but one that is highly accessible and popular lately is a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which is available for streaming on Netflix.

  4. Seriously? How about you write something other than a catchy Title? ~ This article (if you want to call it that – it's more of a few nonsensical paragraphs) does nothing but essentially brush off the many benefits of Juicing. To the, uninitiated, un-educated, or just plain ignorant who are alway looking for excuses, we may be led to believe that Juicing is too High in Sugar… Hmmm, maybe we might consider Juicing Greens and Vegetables instead of those higher-sugar Fruits? *This lack of quality content and the general ignorance of the 'experts' writing blogs such as is what keeps this site obscure and limited only to those who ak with 'Whatever" and those who are fine with such lame mediocrity. *The Title suggests some actual Content – i.e. some factual, interesting, or somewhat relevant statistics at the very least; about How, in fact, Juicing Goes Wrong.?
    ~ What, are you implying that if we Juice we are all going to look like the Glitter Pony posted in the photo above,,, or is that just your ideal image of what 'Juicers' look like?

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  6. John says:

    You titled the piece “When Juicing goes Wrong” and attach a picture that can easily be misinterpreted.

    I had not the slightest idea that you were indeed talking about juicing as in a healthy fruit beverage. I proceeded to read about Starbucks and tried to connect that with aforementioned picture. Is starbucks promoting juicing, does that have anything to do with body building? But the guy is a unicorn?!

    I concluded I was being trolled and closed the page.

  7. david says:

    "A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble in the road."

  8. cathywaveyoga says:

    I agree. The title, picture and mixed up content rattled my brain. And gave me wierd vibe about the author.. then I read his short bio.. I hate to use that vile word, but I will… methinks this is a high jinx…

  9. cathywaveyoga says:

    Most of the articles on EJ are straightforward and informational. Not joking. Sometimes what an author presents and considers as funny elicits different understandings. That happened here.

  10. Amen to that Dave! Did folks miss the ginormous text that says "Funny of the Day?" It would seem so…

  11. Hmph. Did you miss where it says "Funny of the Day" in big bold print at the top? To me, that might have been a good first clue.

  12. Michael says:

    Juicing is the act of making juice yourself. I've done it daily for 20 years. Buying juice in a plastic bottle is totally different thing. I do it on the rare occasions when i am both away from my juicer and flush with cash.

  13. jonathan says:

    I'm amazed at how people will let one blog post ruin their whole day. Funny pic btw.

  14. Cheryl Sandmann says:

    Try rubbing alcohol on a q-tip, works with many sticky buttons when gunk is causing it

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