Sometimes it’s not easy getting the recommended five to six servings of fruits and vegetables we need. So, you may have to get a little resourceful from time to time.
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Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, says juicing is a good way to get a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet.
“One of the things I love about juicing is that It really gives you the opportunity to have five or six or seven different fruits and vegetables in one juice, which is wonderful. The more variety, the more vitamins and minerals you get,” Kirkpatrick says.
Kirkpatrick offers a caveat about juicing: it shouldn’t replace eating whole fruits and vegetables. She says the skins of fruits and veggies have a lot of health benefits, too. You also get more concentrated sugars from juicing because it will take more fruit to get one glass of juice you desire. But she says if your diet is lacking fruits and vegetables, juicing is a great place to start.
“If this is one way to get your fruits and vegetables that you find fun and you find tasty, I think it’s a great option. And hopefully, as time goes on, you’ll be more interested in some of those whole foods as well,” Kirkpatrick says.
Your best bet is to make some of your own juices but to also continue eating whole fruits and vegetables, Kirkpatrick says.