Juicing- Is it all right to juice?
Do not juice. You lose all the fiber and its benefits.
Fruit juice – What about fruit juice?
Drinking fruit juice is like pouring the sugar bowl down your throat. It is fine to eat the whole fruit. Do not drink the juice.
Smoothies – How about smoothies? I love them!
Avoid smoothies. The fiber is so finely pureed that its helpful properties are destroyed. The sugar is stripped from the fruit, bypasses salivary digestion and results in a surge of glucose and the accompanying fructose contributes to inflammation and hypertension.
Q&A with Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD
This has been my experience working with people with diabetes - juices and smoothies are a problem. Although nutrient-dense, they are nonetheless concentrated sources of calories, mostly calories from carbohydrates, which, owing to the nature of consumption - drinking - deposit a mother lode of simple sugar into the GI tract and into the bloodstream in less time than it takes to blend and squeeze the stuff. Not good for people with prediabetes or insulin resistance either, which along with diabetes make up a third of the US population.