Why Is Eating Fruit Better Than Juice?

Why Is Eating Fruit Better Than Juice?

To eat or to drink, that is the question.

But Which Is Better?

To answer this you need to look at this topic through the lens of eating better for a healthier lifestyle then it becomes clearer.

If you’ve neglected your diet for years and have eaten badly then juicing is a step in the right direction. By starting to make your health a greater concern you’re doing a good thing.

Drinking juice is a convenient and quick way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet.

But when you compare drinking juice to actually eating whole fruit, this is where juicing comes up short.

  1. Juicing removes the all important fibre present in fruit. We’ve discovered more recently that fibre feeds important gut bacteria that maintains our immune system.

  2. The juicing process releases the natural sugars present in fruit which is more rapidly digested by the body thus raising your glucose levels. Consistently raised glucose levels increase your Type 2 diabetes risk.

  3. What you end up with is a sugary drink that has some vitamins and nutrients but is a significant calorie hit and won’t leave you feeling full.

What Does Science Think?

While there hasn’t been a lot research into eating fruit versus drinking it, one study surveyed 190,000 Britons over 24 years and found that eating fruit lowered the risk of Type 2 diabetes while drinking fruit in the form of juice increased the risk.

Eat The Fruit, Skip The Juice

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Fruit juice is heavily marketed as a healthy option and while it contains some vitamins and minerals it is a big sugar hit.

If you like the taste of juice then small amounts are ok but don’t overlook the fact that it can be equivalent to drinking soft drink/soda from a calorie perspective.

Just remember all the good stuff you get with whole fruit, the vitamins and minerals and the fibre (which is almost non existent in fruit juice) fills you up and keeps your stomach in good health.

How Can I Start Eating Better?

A simple question that can leave you scratching your head because you don’t know where to go next.

The amount of information available can make it seem overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be.

I’m going to help you find your starting point so you can get moving without all the confusion or the need to overhaul your life.

Start Here

To begin with you’re going to look at what’s missing from your current diet.

As much as you’d like to ignore the fact, there will be nutritional deficiencies.

The solution is not to take extreme measures, like going on a diet or ditching carbs.

A simpler approach is to assess what you’re lacking.

What’s Missing?

The most common nutritional deficiencies are:

  1. Water (low level dehydration)

  2. Vitamins and minerals

  3. Protein

  4. Healthy Fats

We’re not talking a complete dietary overhaul but a focus on simple strategies that balance out your diet so that you get:

-A little more protein

-Sufficient vitamins and minerals

-The right amount of healthy fats

-More water

Embrace The Process

This is a step by step process to build your optimal eating habits.

Your starting point will be the area that is the most challenging for you right now.  Take a look at the list above and highlight what you feel is your biggest roadblock.

Adding a little more protein could be as simple as adding some yoghurt as a snack, or an egg to breakfast.

Having an extra vegetable with dinner is an easy way to get some more vitamins and minerals.

Healthy fats are found in foods like avocado, olive oil and nuts. A small handful of nuts or a spoonful of avocado can be just the boost you need.

This is not about being slow it's about being systematic and addressing the things that are holding you back right now.

The awesome thing is, once they're eliminated you're progress accelerates quickly.