As juicing fruit removes the pulp I wondered whether the remaining fruit juice would be just as healthy and nutritious as whole fresh fruit and whether there is any sort of health benefits of drinking fruit juice without the pulp.
I looked at some academic studies and here’s what I found.
In this article I will cover common questions I had about drinking juice versus eating fruit, such as whether it’s better to eat fruit or juice it, what’s the best time to drink fruit juice, and whether drinking fruit juice on an empty stomach is good.
Is it better to eat fruit or drink juice?
Something I always wondered was whether eating fruit is healthier than drinking juice.
Fruit juice tastes amazing, so I figured it must be good for you.
So, I looked at the scientific findings, and here’s a summary.
Fiber is good for your digestive health.
And it’s generally recommended to consume around 25g to 30g of fiber per day.
Each serving of fruit or vegetables – for example, one apple or one banana – contains about 3 grams of fiber.
Whereas, the juice contains less than 0.2g of fiber.
Therefore, you should eat around 10 servings of individual fruit and vegetables per day.
Whereas, if you’re drinking only juice you need to drink about 15 times as much.
What is the best time to drink fruit juice?
Fruit juice is beneficial for your health, and in some cases has more nutrients than the fruit it’s made from.
But, is there a better time to drink fruit juice than others?
So, it’s also a great time to drink fruit juice.
At this stage, there are no scientific studies that have looked very precisely at the best time to drink fruit juice during the day.
Therefore, a general rule of thumb is to drink it on an empty stomach where possible.
You can also experiment with drinking it at different times of the day, and see what your body responds well to.
Some people prefer to drink fruit juice or fruit juice smoothies at night instead of a heavy meal.
As they say that they wake up feeling more refreshed.
The reasoning is that if you eat a heavy meal that takes a lot of energy to digest then you will be more tired in the morning.
I personally think this is true, and that after a big meal it feels harder to move around and I don’t really feel like doing much.
Is it good to drink fruit juice on an empty stomach?
Intermittent fasting is one of those topics that appears to be at the forefront of the health field, as many people have tried it and experienced good results.
Is it ok to drink fruit juice on an empty stomach though?
At this stage, however, no scientific studies have been done to determine whether it’s better or not. It’s also interesting to know how fruits combine with other foods.
For example, certain fruits are quite acidic such as oranges and pineapples.
And the acid in the fruit can partially ‘cook’ other ingredients.
As you may know, a raw fish salad that is popular in many countries is made by soaking cubes of raw fish in lemon juice.
During that process, the outside of the fish turns white as it is gently cooked by the acid in the lemon juice.
For that reason, you should keep it in the back of your mind when thinking about when to eat fruits and drink fruit juice.
Milk and cream for example will curdle when they are mixed with an acid like lemon or orange juice.
So, you should generally avoid mixing acidic fruits with dairy.
Can we drink mosambi juice on empty stomach?
Mosambi is a sweet citrus fruit that is a good source of vitamin C. But, is it a good idea to drink mosambi juice on an empty stomach?
But, in my opinion, it makes sense that you would absorb more of the nutrients on an empty stomach.
Nutrients are absorbed through the walls of your digestive system.
Therefore, the juice needs some surface area to be absorbed.
But, when there is already other food against the walls of your digestive system then it’s harder for the juice to get through and make contact with the sides.
Therefore, more of the juice is passed through without being absorbed.
Is it good to drink fruit juice everyday?
Juice is very refreshing and certain combinations can be so delicious you might want to drink them everyday.
However, is it a good idea to do so?
It has been shown that 1 small fruit such as an apple or orange has around 10% of your daily fiber needs.
The same is also true of a vegetable such as a capsicum (bell pepper) or a carrot.
But the equivalent amount of juice for example, about half a cup has about 0.7% of your daily fiber needs.
Therefore, you could never really get all the fiber you need in a day by drinking fruit or vegetable juice.
And you need to eat additional fruits and vegetables.
2 cups of vegetables and about 5 pieces of fruit per day will give you the recommended amount of fiber per day.
Or, instead of vegetables, you could eat another 5 pieces of fruit.
Is real fruit juice healthy?
Fruit juice doesn’t contain much or any of the pulp in the fruit.
So, you could be forgiven for thinking that fruit juice is maybe not that healthy.
Based on my research here’s what I found:
There are also drinks that have a similar appearance to juice but are fruit drinks.
A fruit drink will have only a small percentage of fruit juice or can be artificially flavored.
As a result, most don’t contain many beneficial nutrients.
Real fruit juice, as well as vegetable juice, is more convenient and for the most part, is more delicious than eating the individual fruit or vegetable.
Is fruit juice good for weight loss?
Certain foods are better than others for weight loss.
For example, vegetables like celery have very few calories but still fill you up.
So, I wanted to know if fruit juice is good for weight loss.
For example, a donut seems quite innocent but 100g of a donut has 450 calories.
Bananas and apples by comparison have only 100 calories per 100g – or about half a cup.
Fruit juice contains around the same amount of calories as fresh fruit.
Therefore, when you consume fruit juice or fruit you will feel full on less food.
And because of that, you will eat fewer calories overall.
The main considerations with weight loss are diet and exercise.
Therefore, drinking fruit and/or vegetable juice instead of other unhealthy snacks is a very good move for weight loss and your overall health.