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Question: I have two questions:1) Isn't better eat fruits than natural juices? and 2) What is better between drink water or natural juices? Thanks, Adriana
Answer: Hi Adriana, Yes it's better to eat the whole fruit rather than just the juice. For example. There are thousands of of phytonutrients in fruit that may contribute to better health. Research is far from complete in this area so it is conceivable that we are throwing away an important part of the fruit by only drinking the juice. The part thrown away is usually high in fiber which most people in our society need more of. Another factor is that much commercially produced juice has stabilizers added so that it doesn't separate on the shelf in the store and keeps its color. These additives may not have any proven negative influences on our body but they also have no proven health giving effects. My advice is this. If the effect of a substance is not positive, don't put it in your body. Drink water all the time. Especially in hot weather and if you are taking medication. A good plan is to drink one 8 ounce cup of water for each hour you are awake. Whatever else you drink is extra. If you are a big, active, athletic person drink more. Juice should be a treat and cannot replace the need for good clean water.
Question: Isn't butternut squash healthier than broccoli? Thanks, Charles
Answer: Hi Charles, One of our problems as Americans is that we are always looking for a "magic bullet." Broccoli is not the Lone Ranger of vegetables. It's not going to sweep into town, eliminate all the bad guys and ride out into the sunset leaving us cured and happy. If we look at broccoli as a metaphor for eating better, there is room for other good things like butternut squash.