Benefits of Each Fruit and Vegetable in Juicing

by Tara Carson

About Tara Carson

Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but it can be challenging to consume the recommended five to nine servings each day. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice cannot replace eating produce because it does not provide adequate fiber; however, it does provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals essential for the basic body functions. Keep in mind the following fruit and vegetable juice options for your next juicing endeavor.

Carrot

Perhaps the most well-known juice type related to the modern health food juicing trend is carrot juice. The carrot's cylindrical shape and edible peel make it a convenient choice for juicing. The almost creamy consistency and lightly sweet flavor add to to its appeal. The consumption of a large amount of carrot juice will turn your skin orange, but a glass a day will provide benefits without the coloring, such as an ample quantity of beta-carotene for eye health, which is responsible for its orange color.

Tomato, Watermelon and Grapefruit

Tomato, watermelon and grapefruit have three qualities in common relevant to juicing. They are colorful, juicy and provide the antioxidant lycopene. The high juice yield means you need less produce to make a full glass, the color provides a bright and festive beverage and lycopene provides cancer prevention qualities. Additional nutrients they provide include vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium.

Cabbage and Kale

Cabbage and kale are cruciferous vegetables that provide nutritional support for the adrenal glands, which are responsible for the body's fight-or-flight stress response. Juicing cabbage is relatively easy; simply slice it into stacks of tall strips and feed them through the juicer. Kale provides less juice per cup, and the texture can be stringy, which might get caught in the rotating mechanism of some juicers. Stopping the machine and removing and refeeding kale usually does the trick. It's worth the effort. The healthy greens will make you feel great, inside and out.

Berries

Seasonal berries provide rich, sweet, luscious flavors that make everything taste better -- including juice. If you have access to a large picking field, wild patch or home garden source of seasonal berries, by all means, use them alone and enjoy. If you buy a small pint or quart at the grocery store, add them to another juice type, such as apple, orange or a combination of the two, to sweeten the flavor and add enticing colors. The antioxidants and vitamin C content are additional excellent reasons to include berries in your juicing repertoire.

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