To juice or not to juice

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To juice or not to juice

“Blenders and juicers are excellent for sneaking vegetables into things like smoothies,” said public health researcher Lauri Wright, PhD, RD, LD.

She recently spoke with Fox 13 about a hot selling item at Tampa’s Home Show—juicers.

“It’s not the panacea that everyone thinks it is,” Wright said.

A registered dietician with the University of South Florida, Dr. Wright shares a few negatives with juicing:

  • Too much fruit can spike the blood
  • The more blenders breakdown food, the less workout the digestive system gets. Over time this can lead to a loss in muscle tone
  • Juicers don’t always consume the whole fruit or vegetable and dietary fiber takes a beating from the high speed blades

Like with most things, juicing (or blending) is ok in moderation. Just make sure to “occasionally eat fruits and veggies the old-fashioned way.”

Dr. Lauri Wright is an assistant professor of nutrition in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health. She’s part of a USF Health research team study to instill healthier eating habits in children. In April, a practice group affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics named Wright Outstanding Dietetic Educator for Area 3.

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