Juicing vs. Whole Fruit

Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables? According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist, Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D., juicing probably is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables.  Although the resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals-the whole fruit and vegetable’s fiber content is lost in the juicing process.

Juicing proponents say that juicing is better because your body can absorb the nutrients better while giving your digestive system a rest from working on fiber.  But there is no sound scientific evidence, according to Nelson, that extracted juices are healthier than simply eating the entire fruit.  But if you don’t love eating whole fruits and vegetables, juicing can be a fun way to spice up your diet to get adequate vitamins and minerals!

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