Over the last 5 years, there clearly has been an influx in “fresh pressed juice” at your local grocery store. You’ve probably noticed that it’s quite expensive too. This leaves many of us wondering “Is juice worth the high price tag?”.
First of all, there are always a lot of nutrition trends and fads. This tends to result in certain food prices spiking based off of how popular they are at the moment. Juice definitely has some nutritional benefits including vitamins and minerals in a quick easy package. The downside is that juicing removes the majority of fiber present in fruits and vegetables. Fiber makes you feel more full, slows down digestion, and also helps reduce cholesterol.
When it’s all said and done, juice in moderation is fine but consider eating mostly fresh fruits, vegetables or even smoothies. The benefit of smoothies compared to juice is that smoothies contain the whole piece of fruit or vegetable, including the fiber. Smoothies are also less wasteful compared to juicing at home. If you do juice at home, consider using the remaining pulp in other recipes to add fiber.
Don’t forget- no matter where you get your daily fruits and veggies, aim for 5 servings per day!