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Is juicing healthier than eating fruits and vegetables?

Some experts say that juicing can give your immune system a boost, help with digestion and weight loss, and reduce the risk of cancer.

Juicing can be beneficial because it allows your body to focus only on nutrient absorption and your digestive system to take a backseat because the fiber is extracted. Also, for those of you who don't enjoy eating fruits or vegetables, juicing may be a way to spice up your diet.

In some cases, juicing can lead to foodborne illness. All raw foods can contain pathogens that can lead to unpleasant side effects such as vomiting and diarrhea. If you do plan on juicing, make sure to wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly. It is also important to drink the fresh juices immediately to prevent bacteria production and some experts believe that the antioxidants and phytonutrients break down once they are exposed to light and air. Lastly, the juicing process removes the healthy fiber from fruit and vegetables.

The bottom line? While juicing is believed to have health benefits, there is little scientific evidence suggesting that it is better for you than eating whole fruits and vegetables.

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