Fruit vs. Juice

Ask any dietitian, when pitting fresh fruit against juice, fruit always wins.  While juice may contain the same important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as fruit, much of the benefit of eating fruit comes from its fiber and low-calorie content, both of which contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.  Since juice is concentrated and strained so that it doesn’t require chewing, it has almost zero grams of fiber, contains more calories and sugar, and takes much less time to consume.  As a result, juice does not satisfy hunger as much as solid fruit does.  While it may be tasty, juice should not count for more than one of your daily fruit servings.  Lastly, limit your juice glass size to 8 ounces.

If chewing the hard flesh or getting through the skin of certain fruits poses a challenge, try these tips.

1. Ensure fruit is ripe; it should give to slight pressure and smell sweet.

2. Choose easy-to-eat fruit prepared by the Williamson chefs such as sliced melon & pineapple, segmented oranges and  freshly washed grapes.

3. Choose soft fruits such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, plums and peaches.

4. Snack on dried fruit such as prunes, raisins and dried cranberries.

5. Ask for a fruit smoothie!

Published by Anna Bullett, MS, RD, on July 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am. Filled under: Diet,Fruit,nutrition2 Comments

2 Responses to “Fruit vs. Juice”

  1. Great tips.

    Comment by Bruce C on July 22, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  2. Nice tips about the juice.

    Comment by Bruce C on July 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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