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Saturday
Jan012011

Is Fresh Juice Better?

If you have ever had the good fortune to drink freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, you undoubtedly have been amazed at how much better it tasted than the concentrated or bottled varieties. The reason is that fresh juice, unlike commercial juice products, has not been heat treated, a process commonly used to kill pathogens that might grow in the interval between extraction and consumption.

Unfortunately, while heat treating can help keep our store-bought juices safe, it also destroys enzymes, lowers vitamin concentrations and alters the taste - juice becomes blandly sweet, rather than featuring a natural symphony of complex and subtle flavors.

In addition to its appealing taste, home-squeezed citrus juice may also offer a bevy of health benefits - studies have linked dietary intake of fruit juice with lower levels of inflammation and decreased risk of heart disease. And home-squeezed juice tends to contain more pulp, a source of healthful dietary fiber.

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Reader Comments (3)

One is much better off eating whole fruit. And by the way, coconut oil lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL. I had read that in many places and I decided to try it. For the past six months I made only one change to my dietary habits (and I maintained my normal exercise). I added 3 tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut daily. My LDL, which was a little high, is now down to normal, and my HDL has gone up. I suggest you try it, Dr. Weil. Then you would not need Lipitor.

January 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate Bancroft

Yes, eat the whole orange. It also contains much higher levels of potassium than does the equivalent juice.

January 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreb

Dear Mr. Weil'
Thank you for writing this article i find it very interesting also i am doing a science project and i had to do some research and you helped me a lot with the research. Also i am glad to know that fruit juices are good for you since i am not a big fruit eater but LOVE the fruits juice.
Sincerely Jane

January 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane
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