Reduce the juice

Drinking smoothies instead of eating the fruit is no quick nutrition fix.
There’s nothing like a fruit juice to leave you feeling cleansed, nutrient-pumped and virtuous.

Yes, mineral water is calorie-free, but it does not have the detoxing, immune system-boosting properties that you are supposed to get from a glass or bottle of something that has been freshly squeezed, pulped or pressed. So taken are we with the concept of juicing our way to looking and feeling good that we collectively guzzled our way through 34m litres of smoothies last year.

This sounds like good news for a nation that persistently fails to meet the recommended target of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, managing, on average, only a paltry two servings. Surely our juiceaholic tendencies are a step in the right direction? Some experts think not, claiming instead that we are being misled by the marketing practices of the soft-drinks industry into thinking the more smoothies and juices we drink, the better.

“It is a misconception to think that these drinks make up for other dietary failings,” says Catherine Collins, the chief dietician at St George’s hospital in south London. “Actually, they are nowhere near as good for you as consuming a fruit or vegetable in its whole, unaltered state.”

During the juicing process, fibre, pith and sometimes skin are removed. “These are important, nutrient-rich parts of a fruit or vegetable, and one of the reasons they are so good for us,” says Anna Denny, a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation. “A whole apple or mango is far more beneficial than a juiced one.” It is for this reason that guidelines produced by the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health state that a smoothie or glass of juice should constitute no more than one of the recommended daily fruit and vegetable servings.

Source - Times

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