Juicy Truths and Myths

Before you delve into the details of juicing and invest in a juicer, take a moment to separate the truth from the bunk about juicing.

Some claim juicing is a waste of time, energy, and money, and that you're much better off just eating the whole fruit and skipping the juicing. The fact is that while fruits and vegetables are extremely nutritious when they are eaten raw and whole, the fiber they contain means the nutrients take longer to absorb and assimilate.

According to the Department of Agriculture, 90 percent of the antioxidant action in fruit is in the juice, not the fiber. It's hard for most people to eat enough raw fruits and vegetables to equal what they'd get in a quart of juice. Remember that a quart of vegetable juice equals five pounds of tomatoes!

Most fruits and vegetables undergo a great deal of abuse before going into a can or bottle. When fruits and vegetables are frozen as concentrates, chemical processes destroy much of their nutrients and enzymes, and make them a far cry from freshly made “living” juices.

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