We hear a lot about the benefits of juicing, and the claims seem to make a lot of sense. Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are good for you. Advocates explain that juicing extracts and concentrates the vitamins and minerals.
There is one important nutrient that juice advocates have ignored: fibre.
When you juice fruit, you take away most of the fibre. A piece of fruit has, on average, 4 grams of fibre. In contrast, a glass of juice has only half a gram of fibre.
Fibre is vital to health. Not only does it mean regular bowels, but is also leads to lower risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Fruit itself reduces the risk of diabetes and obesity, but fruit juice may in fact increase the risk. This is likely due to the fibre content of whole fruit vs juice.
If you’re trying to make the best choice for your health, whole fruit, or even a smoothie, is a better option than low fibre fruit juice.