Kick That Cleanse to the Curb: How to Juice for Your Health

To juice or not to juice? That is the real question. With the CDC recommending 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of veggies each day, it seems like a good idea. But with Americans' average sugar consumption flying through the roof, how do you keep a healthy balance? Here, why it's still smart to chew your food, when to opt for drinking your greens — and what the heck words like centrifugal, cold-pressed, and pascalization really mean.

We Tried It: Juices to Love

When it's time to pick up a store-bought bottle, these are the ones we reach for.

Suja Elements: Green Charge: Despite being filled with tons of greens (kale, spinach, barley grass, alfalfa and more), the juice tasted fairly sweet, says editorial assistant Lauren Cardarelli. "It was the perfect pre-workout snack to fuel me through an early bird spin class."

Love Grace: Beauty Elixir: "This tastes just like my morning grapefruit without any of the hassle," says associate beauty editor Molly Ritterbeck. "Plus, phytonutrients and antioxidants keep my skin glowing and wrinkles at bay. Bonus!"

Evolution Fresh: Sweet Greens with Lemon: Available in any local Starbucks, this intro to juicing drink "tastes super fresh, and the touch of apple adds the perfect hit of sweetness to an otherwise veggie-heavy drink," says assistant web editor Samantha Shelton.

Blue Print: White When a strong dessert craving hits, beauty director Heather Muir reaches for this satisfying blend of cashew, vanilla, cinnamon and agave. "It's so yummy, and sweet enough to satisfy the craving without leaving me feeling like I overdid it."

For those who want to find a juice bar, we love the Green Hopping app ($0.99,itunes.com), available in New York City and soon in Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, D.C., and Boston. Using your phone's GPS function, it'll track the bars nearest you, and categorize them based on whether juice is served fresh or bottled, and whether that location caters to certain dietary restrictions (gluten-free, vegan). In a hurry? Use the payment system option to place your order before you even arrive, so you can simply grab and go.

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