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Do You Lose Fiber When You Juice?

by John McIntyre on February 16, 2012

Do You Lose Fiber When You JuiceMany people wonder, “do you lose fiber when you juice?”.

It’s a good question to ask. Fiber is essential for good digestive health.

At the risk of being disgusting, let me explain what fiber is. Think of going to the restroom and doing a number 2 (in other words, poo, crap, shit, etc). Depending upon your diet, there will be a different consistency. Sometimes, it will be runny, like a milkshake, and sometimes it will be like a rock, and will struggle to exit.

Fiber affects this. Without fiber, digestion will slow. Your body will have a tough time creating stools. It will either be too runny, or it will be like a rock. Without fiber, you’ll end up with bowel cancer and a variety of digestive problems.

So, do you lose fiber when you juice?

Yes, unfortunately, you do.

Think about it. When you use a juicer, the juice comes out one funnel, and the pulp from somewhere else. The pulp is the fiber. Take a look at it. Squeeze it between your fingers. That is fiber and that is what your body needs.

So if juicing gets rid of fiber, why is juicing good?

The advantages of juicing are due to the extremely high level of nutrients that you can consume in a relatively short period of time. The simple of it is that it’s much faster to drink 5 carrots worth of juice than to eat them. While juicing strips the fiber, you get a huge hit of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. That’s why juicing is awesome. Some people claim that because juicing strips the fiber, it isn’t healthy.

I disagree. Wholeheartedly.

Juicing works, but it’s not the entire solution.

You need to eat fruits and vegetables as well. Juicing isn’t a magic solution, at least not on it’s own. It is best used alongside a fantastic diet. Juice all you want, but ensure you’re eating a few servings of vegetables every day.

Along with eating fruits and vegetables, try green smoothies. It’s the same as juicing, except you use a blender instead of a juicer. This means that you lose none of the fiber. You’ll need a powerful blender though. I broke a blender one day trying to make a green smoothie with spinach, celery and apple.

Do you lose fiber when you juice?

Yes, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the amazing benefits of juicing. Just remember to eat fruits and vegetables. Also, try making a few green smoothies.

 

 

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