Drinking Your Vegetables or Fruit?

There seems to be a new surge of marketing for V8 and other vegetable-based drinks.

And while there may be worse options for a drink, generally speaking it’s a bad idea to drink your calories, and drinking your vegetables or fruit is counter-productive.

Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Not Drink Your Vegetables

Drinking your vegetablesReason #1: Drinks don’t give your body the same feedback as food does. Drinking 250 calories worth of beverages does not give you the same full sensation that you would have if you ate 250 calories worth of food (especially if you were eating low glycemic food).

Reason #2: Calories from drinks are absorbed much more quickly. And that means it is by definition higher glycemic than calories from whole fruits and vegetables, which are absorbed more slowly (the glycemic index is a measure of how quickly your blood sugar levels rise, and if the calories are absorbed more quickly, that is going to lead to a higher glycemic index).

Reason #3: It’s actually possible to drink “two full servings of vegetables”. A proper serving of vegetables includes the fiber and other nutrients of the vegetable, much (or all) of which is stripped from the vegetable when it is juiced. Ever notice what’s left when you juice an orange? All the fiber and good parts that slow digestion and provide your body with essential nutrients – that’s what’s left behind!

Reason #4: With juices in general, but especially fruit juice in particular, what is left after juicing is almost the same as soda. It’s sugar, water, with some flavor. So before you reach for that glass of orange juice (which is high glycemic) in the morning, consider having an orange instead (which is low glycemic). It’s awesome food, and much better for you.

So don’t fall for the hype. Unfortunately, what is good is not always what is easiest. And while it may be easiest to drink your vegetables, it’s not good.

2 Responses to Drinking Your Vegetables or Fruit?

  1. eli says:

    So how about the NutriBullet which is highly promoted on infomercials these days. You put in the whole fruit and veggies, peel and all, and the motor is powerful enough to grind it all up. Dr. Oz also promotes his Green Drink, which also is not juiced but rather blended. Just curious on your take.

  2. Cale says:

    Great questions! Juicing your own drinks at least ensures that you know exactly what is going into them, such as whole fruits and vegetables, no sweeteners or preservatives. However, the disadvantage of the liquids being absorbed more quickly still remains, so these drinks will be higher glycemic than if you had eaten the vegetables.

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