What the FAQ?! - Juicing v. Chewing
WHAT THE FAQ?! IS A WEEKLY SERIES OF ANSWERS TO THINGS WE GET ASKED VERY OFTEN. IN OTHER WORDS, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Q: Does cold pressed juice provide the fiber I need to maintain a healthy digestive system?
A: Yes! Juices contain soluble fiber, which performs a slightly different duty than insoluble fiber. To break it down a bit simpler, let's look at the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble Fiber: any fiber that absorbs water is considered soluble fiber. Why is soluble fiber good for you? It helps to lower bad cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels and help with weight loss. Soluble fiber also helps to relieve and prevent constipation and diarrhea.
Insoluble Fiber: any fiber that is tough or difficult to chew is considered insoluble fiber. This can be the skins of seeds or even apple skins. Insoluble fiber also serves a great purpose for your digestive system. It helps to relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements as it pushes through your intestines and aids in elimination.
Fiber is an essential part of the human diet. The disappointing reality, though, is that we don't get enough of it in our daily diets. This is due in large part to the fact that, as a whole, Americans are not consuming enough fresh fruits and vegetables in their day to day lives.
When it comes to Juicing v. Chewing, an ideal world would contain a balance of both. You'd get the insoluble fiber you need from the solid fruits and vegetables that you'd ideally be consuming and you would get the soluble fiber from cold-pressed juices. Here's the problem: you try convincing someone to eat a bowl full of cucumbers, celery, kale, beets, oranges and more. It's not that easy. Not only would your mouth get pretty tired, most of us just don't have the time to sit down and eat a full, let alone *healthy*, meal.
So what can you do to make sure you're getting enough fiber in your diet? Two simple steps.
Step 1: consume less processed foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables. This will automatically increase your fiber intake because you're replacing chips and cakes with carrots and berries, which are both great sources of soluble AND insoluble fiber.
Step 2: drink more cold-pressed juice! No, it won't have you rushing to the restroom with uncontrollable bowel movements. It will actually help you feel full, curbing cravings and encouraging healthy bowel movements. Some great options that are high in soluble fiber include: Big Red, Frida, all of our Almond Milks and the Golden Girl.
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We here at Mom's Fresh Juice are very interested in the health of our clients. We're not doctors or nutritionists but we learn more and more every day about the health benefits of our various ingredients. As with any diet or exercise regimen, we recommend consulting your doctor/health provider or doing some research of your own before starting something new. Education is power!