Is drinking fruit or vegetable juice as healthy as whole fruit/vegetables?
These days packaged fruit/vegetable juices claim to offer many healthy benefits. But are these actually healthy?
Of course, in my option eating a fruit or vegetable as a whole is a better choice as it offers more nutrients in comparison to the store – bought juices or even the juices made at home. Even though home-made vegetable juice can be an easy way to increase your daily vegetable consumption, it shouldn’t be turned into a routine practice for replacing whole vegetables. It is great way to get children and yourself to meet the recommended serves of vegetables a day.
Disadvantages of store – bought fruit juice
- Less nutrients in comparison to whole fruit as the processing destroys a lot of the nutritional value of the fruit
- processing changes the PH from alkaline to acid ( to increase shelf life)
- Presence of additives and preservatives may have carcinogenic effect on our body
- Lack of fibre
- Raises blood sugar quickly compared to whole fruit.
- Less filling compared to whole food
No. 4 and 6 also apply to vegetables juices made at home.
No. 4 and 5 also apply to fruit juices made at home.
But by following these simple tips you can enjoy fresh juice at home
Tip 1: Buy Organic fruits/vegetables
Tip 2: Use a blender to make your juice as it won’t separate the healthy fibre found in the pulp of fruits and vegetables (fibre is important as it helps regulate the absorption of sugar)
Tip 3: Do not add sugar to your fruit or vegetable juice. However by blending vegetable and fruit together you may find there is no need to add sugar to your vegetable juice.
Bottom Line: Home-made juice is always a better drink option to in comparison to store-bought juice or other fizzy drinks in the market.