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Is Homemade Juice Really Good for You?

By Tammy Dray

Making your own fresh juice at home has many benefits. For starters, it saves you money over prepared juices, especially if you want fresh juice rather than juice made from concentrate. Homemade juice also gives you the most nutrients without added artificial flavorings or preservatives.

Sugar Content

All fruits contain fructose, a natural form of sugar. All types of sugar have the same effect in the body, since your body can’t tell the difference between fructose, lactose and white sugar. Some fruits contain more sugar than others. For example, a large apple contains 23 g of sugar, while a cup of strawberries contains about 7 g. You can make your own juice without adding any other sugar. Boxed or frozen juice, on the other hand, often has added sugars or artificial sweeteners on top of the natural sugar.

Fiber

Most of the fiber a fruit or vegetable contains is in the pulp or skin. When you make your own fresh juice at home, you can use the whole fruit or vegetable, including the skin. For example, a medium apple with skin has 4.4 g of fiber. Depending on the size and type of apples you choose, you might need between three and four apples to make a cup of juice. That would give you up to 17.6 g of fiber per cup. A cup of boxed apple juice has about 0.4 g of fiber.

Vitamins

According to Alissa Hamilton, author of the book “Squeezed: What You Don’t Know about Orange Juice,” a fresh orange contains more vitamin C than what you would get from a glass of boxed juice. When you make your own fresh juice at home, you get all the vitamins and minerals present in the produce, since you juice the rind, skin or pulp of the fruit as well.

Other Benefits

The most obvious benefit of making your own juice is that there are no added preservatives or chemicals in the juice. You know what goes into the making of the juice. You can also make your own combinations to get the flavors and nutrition you want. For example, you can combine beets, carrots and spinach for a juice rich in vitamin A and lots of fiber. If you prefer something a bit sweeter, you can add some apples to the mix.

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