It may not be as ridiculous as it sounds to many people who don’t like eating fruits at all forget regularly – the articles below state the many positives of eating whole fruits as well as juicing.
Recommended Read - from Mayo Clinic - Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?
Published - October 2019
Excerpt - …there's no scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself. But if you don't enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a way to add them to your diet or to try fruits and vegetables you might not eat….
Recommended Read - from Mayo Clinic Q and A: Juicing can help increase your fruit and vegetable intake
Published - June 2018
Excerpt - …while juicing in moderation is generally healthy, certain types of juice may not be appropriate for everyone. A juice made of mostly fruits can be high in carbohydrates and sugars, which can influence blood sugar levels. For people with kidney disease, fruits that are high in potassium, such as melons and bananas, can cause complications and may need to be avoided…
Always start with what you enjoy eating or drinking so start with vegetables and fruits that you enjoy thus you are familiar with its pleasant taste.
Thinking about your juice as an hydrating snack - start with common fruits like apples, oranges or watermelons as they are easier on your stomach or common vegetables juice like carrot, cucumber, or tomato;
Recommended Read from Food Network - Everything a Nutritionist Wants You to Know About Juicing
Published - Dec 2020
Many people don’t like the raw taste of vegetable juice especially the ones which are not naturally sweet but they are nutritionally power packed.
Add a little lemon juice to make it palatable or you could add orange juice or apple juice - note that it will take a certain routine and some time to accept new tastes.
Vegetables especially green leafy kind - popular opinion is that they are least tasty of juices but do note they are still nutritionally very rich. So add a little lemon juice or dilute with cucumber juice or apple juice to make it tastier.
Recommended read from Mayo Clinic - Is vegetable juice as good as whole vegetables for meeting the number of recommended servings a day?
Published - July 2020
Excerpt …most adults should eat the equivalent of 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. The exact amount you need depends on your age, sex and level of physical activity. Any type of vegetable counts, whether it's raw, cooked, fresh, frozen or canned. Vegetable juice counts, too. Just make sure it's 100 percent vegetable juice and low in sodium…
Many seeds and nuts are rich in proteins and good fats that help fuel the body as well as are good for your brain.
You can easily blend nuts and seeds in your fresh juice or smoothies as long as you have soaked them for a few hours.
In fact adding good fats to your juice will help absorb the fat soluble vitamins better making them more available to your body.
Note of caution add a teaspoon is drastically going to change the taste of your juice.
Fresh juice doesn't stay in its natural form for a long time and starts loosing nutrients when exposed to air. So for maximizing the nutrient value drink the fresh juice immediately.
If you have to drink it later ensure it is in an air tight glass jar and fill it to the brim leaving very little space for oxygen to oxidize the juice.
Ideally drink your juice right away; Store fresh juice in an airtight jar and in the fridge to reduce damage through exposure t air (oxygen); always immediately store in the fridge;
Simple answer - No, juice cannot be a meal replacement as it does not contain all food groups your body requires that form a balanced meal.
Complex answer - Consider the following - Have you been advised by a medical expert to go on a liquid diet? Is your juice freshly made / is it out of a box / what ingredients does it contain - all this will determine how long a single or multiples glasses of juice will keep you energized and healthy.
A glass of juice means a great way to energize as well as drinking a concentrated set of nutrients which help stay healthy or heal and recover. But a glass of juice is definitely not a balanced meal and you should not stop eating food because you had a glass of juice.
It is important to note that apart from nutrients - juices whether fresh or boxed also have high sugar content than most fruits or vegetables so monitor your portions carefully; For example you may never eat 3 apples or carrots within a few minutes - but it is easy to gulp down the same sugar content in a few seconds...
If you have been advised a liquid diet than your healthcare professional will advise for how long you could replace juice with meals.
Recommended Read from CNN.com - Can I go on an all-juice diet?
Published - April 2014 - Content is still relevant and answered by medical experts.
Excerpt - …you want your diet to be balanced and healthy and to include protein, dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and fats…
Quick read - Even if the article is published in 2016 - it is still relevant - Its really a no brainer to snack on freshly made smoothies or cold-pressed juices - an absolutely easy way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Recommended Read from health.havard.edu - Are fresh juice drinks as healthy as they seem?
Published - July 2016
Excerpt - …Smoothies can be a good way of getting vegetables if you’re struggling to add them to your diet… If you aren’t crazy about leafy greens, blending them with berries or a ripe peach can disguise the taste of the vegetables. A smoothie can also provide a quick meal when you don’t have time to cook or even prepare a salad…
Cold pressing means the fruits or vegetables are squeezed to extract the juice and involves no chopping or grinding just enough pressure to to separate the juice from the pulp. Even if cold-pressed its important to drink your juice immediately as it retains most of its vitamins and minerals.
Fruits and Vegetables content many vitamins, minerals other natural nutrients as well as fiber that together give your body a solid nutritious punch.
Juicing certainly is a simple way for you to get nutrients from fruits and vegetables especially if you don’t like fruits and vegetables.
When fruits or vegetables are juiced the process extracts the liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables by removing most of the essential dietary fiber. This liquid has almost all the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit or vegetable.
It is a healthy habit to also consume fruits and vegetables to meet the daily needs for fiber you may consider blending rather than juicing.
Juicing is just one more way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Since you need many more servings of vegetables through the day consider juicing as only a supplement rather than replacing all servings of fruits or vegetables. Opt for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day where a part of the serving can be in the form of a juice.
Short answer - Eating whole fruits will always give you more nutrients than drinking juice as the fiber, and some vitamins, and minerals may be processed out of the juices.
Eating the whole fruit is better than drinking the juice of the fruit, especially if you are watching your weight.
Long answer – Do read this article it help you form the right opinion...
Recommended Read - from Mayo Clinic - Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?
Published - October 2019
Fruit juice or vegetable juice causes a rapid rise in blood sugar and it is irrespective of whether you opt for a fresh natural juice or processed juice.
For individuals with no sugar related health condition juices are energizing and easily digested. If you have a sugar related condition, do consult a doctor before having vegetable or fruit juice.
Broccoli has a distinct taste and is usually juiced and blended with other nutrient packed fruits and vegetables to improve its flavor. Many combine it with other green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale or collard greens.
Many reasons to juice Broccoli?
1 cup (156 grams) of Broccoli will provide about 44 calories of energy and contains about 8 grams of Carbohydrates; about 4.6 grams of Protein; about 4.6 grams of Fiber; about 0.5 grams of Fats; and about 0.20 grams of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Broccoli is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K and contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E.
Broccoli contains minerals like Calcium Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus Potassium, and Zinc.
Broccoli contains Phytonutrients like Glucosinolates, which break down to compounds called Indoles and Isothiocyanates (such as sulphoraphane).
Broccoli also contains the Carotenoid Lutein and Tryptophan.
The best time to drink your fresh juices is when you are hungry as an energizing snack so on an empty stomach. You may consider drinking fresh juice at least half an hour before a meal.
Note all individuals react differently to nutritious food and you need to try small portions few times to condition your stomach to drinking fruit and vegetable juices.
If you have a health problem or are suffering from acidity or heartburn check with your healthcare professional which juice you could opt for.
The amount of fluid intake you need depends on how active you are and the climate you live in warm or cold.
An unsweetened fruit juice serving can count as one of your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day no matter how much you drink. Ideally limit the amount of fruit juice to no more than 150ml or a small glass. If you do opt form two glasses of juice ensure that there is an interval of at least 4-5 hours between them.
Always check the label so you are aware of what you are buying for example - opt for 100% pure fruit juices that are unsweetened basically means there is no added sugar in it.
Natural juice or juiced freshly made is healthier than the processed ones.
Worth a read - This feature helps ponder on...
1) What is healthy in a glass of juice and what is not; 2) Do fruit juices contain roughly as much sugar as found in a soda or candy? 3) Questions juice cleanse and weight loss connection 4) Are sugary beverages including fresh or canned juices drivers of obesity? 5) Should you opt for smoothies instead?
The Case Against Juice Is Stronger Than Ever
Published on - January 2018
Excerpt - ...Juice may not be the health hero it’s made out to be. If you love it, though, it can be part of a balanced diet. Just keep portions moderate...
Quick Read - from Washingtonpost.com - That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think
Published - June 2018
Expert says be wary of marketing messages till you read proper research backing their claims - plus a quick scan on the label helps noting serving sizes, calories, sodium content sugar content etc.
Excerpt - …It’s always best to eat whole vegetables whenever possible, according to Consumer Reports nutritionist Amy Keating. But if you prefer getting your greens in liquid form, the way to get the fiber is to make your own drink in a blender that can liquefy whole vegetables and fruit…
If you like to drink juice - include it - eating healthy means be mindful of what you are eating - check if the juice is 100% fruit or vegetables - does it have added sugar or sodium - how much calories did you gulp down - 'just be aware' - as it may be easy to drink a glass of carrot juice in a jiffy - it would be next to impossible to eat those many carrots and oranges in the same few seconds or few minutes you took to gulp down your favorite juice...
If you are considering more than a glass of juice a day - as many claims have convinced you that drinking juice helps detoxify or reverses certain chronic disease or helps fast weight loss - do read this article from health.harvard.edu as it researches whether these claims are supported by scientific studies...
Recommended read - Juicing -- Fad or Fab?
Published - July 2015
Recommended read from webmd.com - Are There Health Benefits to Juicing? Potential Benefits and Risks
Published / Reviewed - October 2020
Excerpt - ...Drinking fresh juice is an easy way to get a number of vitamins and minerals. Still, while research shows some support for juicing, the potential health benefits vary drastically depending on what’s exactly in the juice...
Fast read from theguardian.com - Article explores - Fruit juice in comparison to soda; High sugar content in juice and increased risk of type 2 diabetes; Is is just clever marketing? How much juice in a day os healthy?
Though published in 2014 - the article is still relevant.
How fruit juice went from health food to junk food
Published in Jan 2014
Must Read Abstract - "100% fruit juice may be consumed in moderation"... Each one of us reading this post needs to really understand the word "Moderation" as that is the key to health...
Abstract succinctly states the findings on - 100% fruit juice consumption and chronic health conditions in children and adults - and the complete article is available at academic.oup.com
Review of 100% Fruit Juice and Chronic Health Conditions: Implications for Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Policy
Published - April 2018
Many reasons to read this recommended article…
Very few of us eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day - and this article reviews - Is consumption of fruit juice one of the right steps toward the 5 fruits and vegetables a day target? What about the risks of type 2 diabetes, weight gain or even obesity?
Is there a lack of nutrition education or is it just not practical or convenient - and is fruit juice an easy solution - since it can be stored easily + doesn’t require any cooking + can be consumed on the ‘go’.
Consumption of juice by children - American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges potential benefits as well as detrimental consequences of drinking fruit juice…
The Nurses Health Studies findings and recommendations on how much 100% fruit juice affects adversely…
The influence of fructose is reviewed as a probable cause of obesity…
Reduced intake of fiber is reviewed - including the implicit assumption that if an individual stops drinking juice they will start eating whole fruit.
Vitamin C is easily consumed in the form of a juice - making it a substantial contribution to the level of vitamin C intake and it’s their removal would impact anyones diet…
Article discusses many views concerning the impact on health of consuming 100% fruit juice - whether adversely as well as providing a range of bioactive molecules (vitamin C, carotenoids, and polyphenols) that benefit health…
Review of - Role of fruit juice in achieving the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake
Published - September 2019