Fruit Juice vs. Whole Fruit – Which One?


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Juicing reduces the fiber content

Do you know how much fiber is lost in the conversion from whole fruit to fruit juice? A cup of apple juice with removed pulp contains no measurable amount of fiber. To create eight-ounce glass of juice, approximately 4 apples are needed. They contain about 12-15 grams of dietary fiber for a total. Virtually all of these 15 grams are lost in the production of juice. These 15 grams of lost fiber, if added back into the juice, would fully double the average daily fiber intake.

Is juice unhealthy?

The answer depends on what food it replaces and how it is consumed. Juice that has been robbed of its fiber and broad range of nutrients is basically just source of sugar that lacks the supportive nutrients to help it digest and metabolize. Fruit juice increases blood sugar more quickly than whole fruit and the level of sugar that can be obtained from juice is higher than the level found in fruit. Additionally, many fruit juices that are sold contain only a small percentage of real juice and contain added sweeteners. As a result, it is easy to consume a large amount of calories without getting any actual nutrition when you drink these beverages. Be sure you read labels carefully.

Note

If fruit juice is the only possible choice for replacing soda, experts are all in favor of fruit juice vs. soda. If fruits are juiced together with veggies, the pulp is retained and juicing allows increasing intake of veggie substantially. However, in most cases, the switch from whole fruit to fruit juice can only be made at the expense of full health and nourishment.

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