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GMO's avatar

Does 'juicing' with fruits and vegetables provide the same nutritional content as eating the fruits and vegetables?

Asked by GMO (44points) August 30th, 2008
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PupnTaco's avatar

Yes, so long as you keep all the fiber, etc.

blastfamy's avatar

Not exactly: Not all of the nutrients are in the juice. Take an orange for example…

The pulp is full of fiber which you would get little to none of from just the juice. Most juicers strain the juice before it comes out of the machine, so you lose a great deal of the nutritional value from the “meat” of the fruit.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

no not really I would know this, cause I cook for a living.

PupnTaco's avatar

I think the question is about juice machines that chop the whole food, not citrus juice squeezers.

gailcalled's avatar

I know only about carrots; you get more bang for your buck by juicing because you get a lot more carrots.

PupnTaco's avatar

@ wrestlemaniac: Taco Bell doesn’t count.


JackAdams's avatar

blastfamy is correct, about the pulp.

When I owned a Vita-Mix, which is never referred to as either a “juicer” or “blender,” I was told that if one wanted to prepare orange juice, for example, that the ENTIRE ORANGE should be inserted into the machine.

The peeling (rind) and seeds added to, and enhanced the flavor of the juice, making it taste much better, IMHO.

August 30, 2008, 12:16 PM EDT

JackAdams's avatar

What was mentioned about the carrots, is indeed correct.

The “problem” I have with carrot juice, is the taste. I wish some company would produce pure carrot juice, yet combine it with something else, so that the flavor was more palatable.

I’d welcome any suggestions, regarding that.

August 30, 2008, 12:20 PM EDT

gailcalled's avatar

Combine with lemon grass. The problem I had with Juiceman, Jr. was that I couldn’t ever get all the parts clean.

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks for the advice. I will try that.

You might wish to consider purchasing a Vita-Mix. The only thing is, I understand that new ones are now over US$400

August 30, 2008, 12:25 PM EDT

whatthefluther's avatar

Actually, juice usually provides more nutrients and enzymes than whole fruits and vegetables as the juicing process unlocks the nutrients and enzymes that are trapped within the fiber. Here’s a very good article that describes the benefits of juicing.

JackAdams's avatar

WTF, I’m not being some kind of “wise guy” when I ask, doesn’t the digestive process itself “unlock the nutrients and enzymes that are trapped within the fiber?”

I mean no disrespect, of course, but isn’t that the whole purpose of digestion?

August 30, 2008, 2:01 PM EDT

whatthefluther's avatar

@JA: heavens no, you’re not being a wise guy…after all, your buying sccrowell and me chicken dinners at Knotts, but, I digress…

I hope I’m not being some kind of wise guy, but if you would have actually read the article you would have read that there are nutrients trapped in undigestable fiber: “Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.”

I trust you are still buying me dinner, my friend!

JackAdams's avatar


Because you set me straight, I now have to buy you THREE dinners at Knott’s.

It’s OK. I need the company.

Nobody wanted to eat with me, when I was a kid. My parents sat me in a corner of the kitchen, and fed me with a slingshot.

Momma tied a raw pork chop around my neck, so the dog would play with me.

Other than that, I’m well-adjusted.

With the help of 85 different medications.

August 30, 2008, 7:39 PM EDT

whatthefluther's avatar

@JA…I believe we will get along famously…I like both dogs and pork chops (1” thick, baked at 425°, 20 min. ea. side…mmm, moist & tender…uh, that’s the pork chops, JA, not the dogs…dogs should be big, kosher & beer boiled…wtf )!

JackAdams's avatar

I agree with you.

The best hot dogs (not the buns, as was asked previously by me), but the best hot dogs themselves, are here:

It’s the home of the original Coney Island dogs…

Just makes my mouth water…

August 31, 2008, 1:35 AM EDT

dundernut's avatar

have a look at have used this juicer for years, it’s expensive but well worth the cost, even handles wheat grass, my kids hardly touch cooked veg but regularly drink juice of kale, carrots, celery etc

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks for posting that information. I’m in the market for a new juicer.

September 5, 2008, 2:17 PM EDT

MarcIsMyHero's avatar

in most cases no. eating the whole fruit gets you more benefits from all that pulpy fibrous goodness. i think in some of the harder veggies though you may get more benefits because the juice is easier to digest than say a hard raw carrot. it the same reasoning behind why most fuits and veg are more nutritous raw, but some are more easily digested when cooked.

YARNLADY's avatar

My dietician says I can’t drink the juices because the concentrated nature of the drink adds a lot of calories and sugars. Instead of getting the one orange, you get the equivalent of 6 of them, with 6x the sugar, and so on.

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

@JackAdams…... I love the taste of carrot juice, straight up. :) If it tastes icky then the carrots may not be organic or fresh.

or it could just be you don’t like carrot juice by itself and that’s just it

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