There is a lot of back and forth on whether or not you can drink freshly pressed juice in place of an actual meal. The reality of it is, is that in terms of meal replacements, it’s more ideal to use a smoothie or a shake as opposed to freshly pressed juice because of the thickness.. but in the same breath, it’s not unhealthy to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach. On a more personal level, I’ve actually tried both to see for myself and did the necessary research as needed, for me to be able to actually share.
Fresh juice can be consumed on an empty stomach. This infuses the body and tissues with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and live enzymes. Because it is lacking fiber, it doesn’t require digestion and gives up a burst of energy. If fact, it’s best to drink fresh juice on an empty stomach and/or at least half an hour before a meal. This is when your stomach hungers for food and would absorb anything you consume. When you drink a healthy, nutritious juice, your body quickly absorbs all that you consume, wasting nothing. As a general rule, fresh juice provides complex carbs to fuel energy and can be taken any time of the day.
However, a smoothie is more ideal to be used as a meal replacement and is much more substantial and filling meal than a juice; smoothies contain all of the fiber from the fruit, and the fiber is what keeps you fuller longer. Every meal you eat HAS to be a balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Therefore, you have to actually make the smoothie thicker and like a meal for it to be more filling (meaning adding fats, fruit, vegetables and proteins to make it into a complete meal in liquid form).
Unless you’re on a juice cleanse, consuming raw, solid foods is evidently best. If you’re looking to lose weight, you can drink fresh juice in place of a meal. HOWEVER, if you’re looking to replace a meal with juice or smoothies, watch the sugar content in both the juices and smoothies that you make or consume. When you eat a lot of sugar at once, your blood sugar spikes and not to mention, adds on extra pounds.