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Why You Should Junk Your Juicer

juicer_400Juice from a juicer is not the same as eating nutritious whole foods. Juice is processed, because the fruit or vegetable’s fiber, with its phytonutrients, has been removed. When people say that juicing transformed their health, they are really saying it distracted them from eating junk food. From A Short Guide to a Long Life.

Don’t think for a second that Jack LaLanne owed his longevity (he lived to be ninety-six years young) to his eponymous juicer. Perhaps he could have lived to one hundred if he had avoided this trend of pulverizing produce in a powerful blender and drinking up. Does the body really like consuming ten carrots all at once? Or a pound of radishes? The more important question to answer is whether the original nutrients in the fruits and vegetables, which are now contained in a tall glass of juice, are in fact the same. I think not.

For starters, oxygen is a powerful oxidant. It changes the chemistry of molecules in an instant by stealing electrons. As soon as we expose the inner flesh of a fruit or vegetable to the oxygen-rich air, guess what? We oxidize it on the spot, in a fraction of a second—especially if we subject the fruit or vegetable to the disruptive power of a blender. We change its whole makeup and the nutrition that went with it. There’s a reason why Tropicana sells most of its juices in nontransparent, refrigerated containers that light and air cannot penetrate. They’ve been in the business a long time. They know how to preserve the nutrients in their product as long as possible.

I’ve already stressed the importance of eating whole real foods. Juice from a juicer is not whole food—it’s processed, because the fiber with its phytonutrients has been removed. When people say that juicing saved their health or somehow transformed their bodies, they are really saying it distracted them from eating junk food.

While the peddlers of juice drinks like to refer to all the studies about the benefits of consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables, they fail to mention that these studies don’t have anything to do with juice products. They are taken from studies done on whole foods. That’s like comparing apples to oranges (excuse the pun). Which means you know what you should be doing: junking the juicer and eating whole foods.

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