By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern
Juicing fruits and vegetables has become increasingly popular lately, especially juice cleanses. These juices are touted as being incredibly good for your health as they are supposed to aid in digestion, cleanse toxins from your body, make you lose weight, boost your immunity, and more. So, are these juices worth it?
According to the Mayo Clinic, drinking juices is no healthier than just eating that piece of fruit or vegetable. While you do get the majority of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetable from juice, you are losing all the beneficial fiber that is in the flesh of the fruit or vegetable.
With that being said, if you are looking to reap the most benefits from the foods that you eat, juicing might not be the best option. But if you still enjoy drinking your fruits and vegetables rather than eating them whole, consider blending them into a smoothie or puree. That way it is still drinkable, and you’re getting both the nutrient-dense juices and the healthy fiber from the flesh.
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