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Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits

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author image Rachel Morgan
Rachel Morgan began her writing career in 2008 after previously working in her state's community college system. She focuses on health and fitness writing, in addition to blogging for small businesses. An alumna of the University of North Carolina, Morgan has a bachelor's degree in public health and has studied PR in the past.
Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits
Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits Photo Credit MW/Photodisc/Getty Images

Between 1.5 to 2 cups a day -- that's how much fruit you should be including in your diet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you're not fond of eating fruit, you're likely having trouble meeting this recommendation. Juicing fruit has become a convenient alternative for some, allowing you to quickly drink the needed daily requirements. Although there are definite benefits to juicing, you are missing out on certain nutritional elements when you don't consume whole fruits.

Ease and Convenience

Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits
Making your own juice makes getting in the recommended servings of fruit easier and convenient. Photo Credit Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images

Making your own juice makes getting in the recommended servings of fruit easier and convenient. You can make a batch in the morning, and take it on the go. It's also a good choice if you don't enjoy eating whole fruit. Because you can blend a variety of fruits together, you can come up with new flavor combinations, which provides variety. You can also combine fruits and veggies together, further helping you to meet the recommended daily servings of these two food groups, which total five to nine per day. One benefit to juicing is the sweet fruit juice can mask some of the flavor of the raw veggies, helping picky eaters to tolerate the juice.

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Vitamins and Nutrients

Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits
When making fresh juice, you do not compromise the nutritional value. Photo Credit Kraig Scarbinsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Drinking extracted juice still nourishes your body with all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients available in the whole fruit. Juice can make these nutrients more readily available to your body for absorption, according to the American Cancer Society. In addition, certain vitamins may be lost or reduced during production of shelf-stable juices. However, when making fresh juice, you do not compromise the nutritional value.

Fiber Intake

Despite the plentiful nutrients available in juice, you won't be getting the fiber contained in whole fruit. Juicing appliances extract the juice and leave behind the pulp and skin, which is where most of the fiber content is located. Fiber's health benefits include supporting digestion, controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol, according to the American Dietetic Association. Fiber also helps you feel full longer, an important advantage of whole fruits, particularly if you're watching your weight.

Sugar Consumption

Juice Extraction Vs. Eating Whole Fruits
Juicing can help you round out your fruit intake, but eating more whole fruits should be your primary goal. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Another important consideration of juice relates to sugar content. Due to whole fruits' fiber content, your body absorbs the natural sugars more slowly; therefore, you're less likely to experience a spike in your blood sugar level. In addition, you need a considerable amount of fruit for juicing -- one glass of juice has more sugar than a single piece of whole fruit. The bottom line is: Juicing can help you round out your fruit intake, but eating more whole fruits should be your primary goal.

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