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Is it OK to Drink Your Daily Amount of Fruits and Veggies?

A lot of us are short on time so the best option for getting our daily servings of fruit and veggies may seem to be drinking it (V8, for example). The problem is that new studies show that drinking your daily amount is not the best choice for your health.

A few reasons support this. First of all, most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants in the skins and peels, which do not make it into juice. Furthermore, solid fruits and veggies also provide dietary fiber not found in juice. Bacteria in our colon break down soluble fiber, producing fatty acids that some studies suggest protects our colon against cancer.

What's more? Fruit and veggie drinks are often high in calories, but we don't often take this (or reduce our calorie intake for other foods) into consideration when drinking them. When we eat fiber-rich food such as fruits and vegetables, however, we tend to feel full and thus, eat fewer calories.

Fit's Tip: Since only one in four of us are getting our daily fruits and veggies, I would say that the juice is better than nothing every once in a while, but always try for the real thing first. How many fruits and veggies do you eat in a day? Take the poll.


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designergirl designergirl 10 years
Why would you want to drink your fruits when you could eat them?
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Way to go Chaoticfury! Look who's laughing now :)
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 10 years
My co-workers are always teasing me when I bring in my plates of fruits and vegetables for lunch while they order Chinese and pizza, but it's worth it.
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
I usually eat my veggies and fruits, I only drink juice in place of flavoured drinks and soda.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks for the post fit. I have made sure to include more veggies in my dinner dishes (I snack on fruit during the day) and cut out most of the fruit/veggie drinks...although i do LOVE my grapefruit juice in the morning so I just cut the amount i normally have in half...from 8 ounces to 4 ounces. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
taygold taygold 10 years
What if you juice your own vegetables, is that any better/worse?
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
V8 veg juice IS better than nothing. If I didn't drink that every day, that would be 3 servings of vegetables I otherwise would not get. At 70 calories, 0 fat, and 3 grams of fiber, I don't think that is bad at all.
cams cams 10 years
I drink V8 because I hate vegetables. I figure its better than none. Its only 50 kcalories! its not that high!!! Oh I di have carrots and broccoli every day too
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