I am often asked about juicing, juicers, and smoothies.
Recently this question came across my email:
I’m looking to buy a new juicer and noticed that you’ve recommended the Breville JE98XL Fountain Plus before. I’m wondering however, when you juice, a lot of the vegetable and fruit seem to be separated from the juice. Does this decrease the fiber content and nutritional value of the juice? Shouldn’t I still be eating that? Is there nutritional value in that part of the food?
My quick answer:
For starters, yes! It does reduce reduce the fiber content. In fact, when we juice, we separate the insoluble plant fibers from the nutrient dense and hydrating liquid part of the fruits and veggies, which contain active enzymes, energizing and easily metabolized natural sugars, oxygen, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals.
When we drink freshly pressed juice on an empty stomach, (the only time we should drink these juices), it skips the digestion phase and moves on quickly to the small intestine where it is absorbed into the bloodstream. The blood circulates throughout the body offering our vital organs a power-shot of readily assimilated nutrients. It also works to alkalize the blood, awakens acid wastes, and helps hydrate the small and large intestine for optimal waste removal. I get excited just thinking about it. ;)
In this situation, it does not decrease the nutrient value because the juices are freshly pressed, not heated or pasteurized.
Onto our fiber. Yes! Fiber has a separate place in our diet. It adds bulk, and can act as a sweeping agent for helping to remove existing waste also. However, how many vegetables would you have to eat to get get the same amount of nutrients as you would when juicing? Additionally, that would be a lot of fiber for your body digest, prior to the absorption of any nutrients at all (which are not located in the plant fibers), which occurs later on in the small intestine. It makes me tired just thinking about it.
Juicing gives your body a big and beautiful dose of wellness, while green smoothies, which are beneficial later on in the day if needed and especially great for beginners, (or when the desire for something heavier hits), can be filling and nutritious in their own right. In this case, the fiber would slow the breakdown of glucose (sugar), the absorption of nutrients, and also decrease the rate at which the body awakens old toxins.
Nothing, however, says perfection like a fresh glass of fresh vegetable juice. Treat yourself everyday. If you are ready to start juicing, I recommend a simple concoction of romaine, carrot, and spinach.