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.
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.
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.
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
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.