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First let’s talk about packaged juices.These are produced for maximum flavour, and what you ultimately get is high on sucrose or fructose corn syrup. Read the nutrition labels on each packaged juice carefully and try to figure out where the real fruit really is. You’ll be shocked to see that some of your favourite packaged juices will have very little traces of actual fruit, if at all. And, consider the fat, sugar and calorie content as well.
Next, fruit skins are full of healthy nutrients like carotenoids and flavonoids that studies have established as beneficial to our health, mostly due to increased fiber content. When these skins are removed, as is done with apple juice, grape juice, and tomato juice, we receive a much-depleted version of the fruit in a tall glass with lots of sugar and salt. What’s the point of drinking fruit juice for health if that’s what it takes to make it palatable?
However, there might be some merit to juices with pulp. Since fruit pulp is also high in fiber content and in some fruits; it is the richest, healthiest part of the fruit. For instead, white pulp in oranges is the primary source of flavonoids from oranges. But, juices sold with ‘added pulp’ might not have the same ratio per glass as a whole fruit can offer you, and we don’t really know what the quality of that pulp is. Also, is it natural pulp, or has it been sweetened for added taste? Whole fruits win on this account as well.
Lastly, when looking at loss of nutrients as per volume, all you have to do is look at how many whole fruits need to be juiced to give you that one glass of drink-able juice. Whether it’s orange, apple, or lychee juice, what you ultimately get is a much reduced, much cleared and therefore much less healthier fruit product. Stick to the whole fruit and you don’t miss any of the fruit’s original goodness and appetite controlling properties.
Now, of course you can always find a healthier way to juice fruits – mix them with vegetables, try to retain as much pulp and fiber as you can, leave the skin on, pulse instead of puree, etc. The market is loaded with fruit and vegetable juicers that promise maximum retention of pulp and fiber after the juicing process. These steps seem okay and healthy enough. But if you ask us, juicing three apples to get one globful glass of thick, difficult to swallow apple juice seems quite unnecessary compared to just picking up a fruit and munching it on your way out every morning and evening. So even if you prefer freshly squeezed orange juice or a healthy v8 with your breakfast, make sure that you also eat a whole fruit for morel goodness a little later.