Juicing: Not a Fan

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By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), ND

This post falls into the “frequently asked questions” category:

What do you think of juicing?

Personally I think it’s much better to throw either whole fruit or lightly cooked veggies into the blender and blend them up into a smoothie or a hot/cold soup or veggie drink. That way you keep all of the goodies in your drink like fibre, bioflavonoids and polyphenols and you reduce the waste.  The fibre helps you feel full and nourishes the lining of the digestive tract, the bioflavonoids help your body make use of the vitamins in your drink and the polyphenols are antioxidants.

At home, I have a blender, not a juicer.
Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants found in the seeds of fruits like grapes. People pay big bucks for grape seed extract, but why not just purée organic seeded grapes instead and enjoy drinking your grape seed extract?

Juicing fruits, even if you juice it yourself and add no sugar, is still a fair bit of sugar and water and not much else.

Or, go really old school and eat whole fruits and veggies by chewing them and swallowing them 😉