Fruit Juicing Guide

Fruit juice is what the average person in the street thinks of when you ask them about drinking fresh juice. Juicing fruits (especially citrus fruits such as orange and grapefruit) has been a mainstream phenomenon for many years. Why is fruit juice more popular than vegetable juice? The answer lies in the taste, its absolutely delicious and there is nothing like a good dose of orange or grapefruit or pineapple juice in the morning to get your system up and running! Fruits on the whole tend to contain more sugar than vegetables and so fruit juices tend to be sweeter. Vegetable juice can in comparison taste less exciting although this is not always the case.

Some prefer to juice vegetables rather than fruit for a twist on the same reason – eating whole raw fruit is a lot easier and tastier than eating whole raw vegetables.

Some have put forward arguments for juicing vegetables rather than fruits on the fact that vegetables tend to be contain harder to break down fibres than fruits and as such the nutritional value of fruits is less ‘locked away’ than in vegetables. This argument suggests that it juicing is more beneficial to releasing vegetable nutrients than in releasing the nutritional value from fruits. However by juicing fruits we are not suggesting that you shouldn’t juice vegetables, in fact far from it, many juice recipes contain a combination of both fruit and vegetable ingredients.

Others argue that if we juice all our fresh fruits and vegetables then we will not take in enough fibre in our diet as fruit should be one of the main sources of fibre. A good fibre intake is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Eating fruit in it’s natural state to obtain a fibre intake is a valid argument but if our diet already contains whole fruit and veg and other sources of fibre then adding fruit juice to it is just an added bonus.

Another point related to the fibre content of fruit is the fact that the fibre content can help control the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream. Because fruit juice tends to have a high sugar content it is important not to drink too much at once as there is no fibre in the juice to regulate the intake of the sugar into the bloodstream.

A good blender can be a valuable aid to your juice extractor when coming up with your own blends and power drinks. One common practice that many people already carry out is combining their fruit juice with other ‘non juicer friendly’ ingredients such as bananas or wheatgerm and blending them together to form ‘smoothies’. These types of smoothies have a fibre content that helps control the absorption of the fruit sugars into the bloodstream.

Certain fruits that have a relatively lower water content than juicer friendly fruits are less suitable for juicing but are suitable for blending with another source of liquid, examples of low water content / blender friendly fruits include:

  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Avocado

Fruits with a high water content are a joy to juice – cantaloupe melon, water melon, citrus fruits such as Orange and Grapefruit, apples, pears, grapes… All these fruits taste great and a lot of people find it difficult drinking vegetable (especially green vegetable) juices without adding some kind of fresh fruit juice to ‘brighten up’ the taste. Apple juice is a firm favourite for improving the taste of a juice as so are Grapes. Citrus juice doesn’t tend to mix so well (in my opinion) with vegetable juices.