If you’ve been juicing for awhile you’ve probably heard this one. The claims are that it’s not good to mix vegetable and fruit juices together and drink them at the same time. The same people who make these claims will also throw in that it’s not good to eat them together either, but for some reason most of these kinds of claims mainly surround juicing. There is a certain irony in this, and the irony is connected to the reasons given as to why you shouldn’t be mixing your vegetables and fruits.
The Supposed Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Mixing Your Vegetable and Fruit Juices
The main reason given is that vegetables and fruits both require different digestive processes and use different enzymes to break them down. The fear behind these claims is that you’ll…wait for it… get gassy! Oh no!!!
One of the other less mentioned claims is that the acids in fruits will break down and cut the nutritional value of the vegetables. For some reason there is no fear that the “acids” in the fruit will break down and cut the nutritional value of the fruit itself. This literally makes no sense, and I couldn’t find one single study that validates any of these claims.
Why There Is Even More Of An Irony To All Of This
First off if you didn’t know, there are enzymes included within the vegetables and fruits themselves that help our body digest them. Actually, vegetables and fruit grown in healthy soil contain a plethora of these enzymes! These are some of the most vital nutrients that are included in raw vegetables and fruit as cooking them will destroy most of these enzymes. Since you’re juicing raw vegetables and fruit no need to worry about this! Sarah Ding from Juicing For Health talks a lot more about Understanding Enzymes in one of her articles right here.
Secondly, as I started to find more of these claims I noticed that most of them surrounded juice and only some of them mentioned that it is bad to eat vegetables and fruit together. This is the biggest irony of all!
Vegetable and fruit juice doesn’t require a lot of digestion as it is already in a form that is available for absorption by the body! This is one of the main principles of juicing and is part of the reason why juice cleansing is an effective way to give your body’s digestive system a break for a period of time.
There is a smaller amount of digestion involved, but the fiber which has already been separated from the nutrients doesn’t need to be broken down. This is precisely a lot of what our body has to break down to get to the nutrients contained inside. When you’re juicing you’ve already taken care of a big part of what needs to be digested simply by removing the fiber!
I don’t want to point fingers and I rarely do because people usually mean well, but one website had both of these things to say in the same article!
“Do not combine fruits and vegetables, as these require different digestive processes.”
Yet earlier on in the article this was said.
“Juiced foods require little or no digestion; thus, the healing nutrients of the raw vegetables are readily available for assimilation.”
Ok then, so what are we worried about here?
Let’s Talk Gas and Enzymes
Many people get gassy when eating all different kinds of foods! Some people are more prone to it than others. If getting a little gassy is the main thing to be concerned with when mixing vegetable and fruit juices together, this could be said about thousands upon thousands of other kinds of foods as well!
So why all of the focus specifically on vegetable and fruit juices? Especially when the reasons behind the supposed issues have to do with digestive processes that aren’t even occurring as much when juicing!
Then to boot raw vegetables and fruits contain massive amounts of enzymes that already aid with their own digestion! You won’t get these enzymes in cooked foods! That is a fact! So why specifically the concern with raw vegetable and fruit juices? None of it really makes a lot of sense when you start digging deeper does it?
Here’s What I Think
Someone at some point in time came up with this idea in their own mind based on their own deductions and then it has been repeated ever since. The more it is repeated there are more people that see it repeated. They then assume it is truth and also repeat it. Next thing you know it’s all over the place and is considered conventional knowledge. The problem with this is that it just wasn’t true to begin with!
Other than possibly getting some gas from combining vegetable and fruit juices (which happens when people eat all different kinds of foods anyways), I couldn’t find anything solid to back up the claims that combining vegetable and fruit juices are BAD.
This is why from everything I have seen and read that I place this one in the MYTH category!
Now, I’m going to go enjoy a delicious vegetable and fruit juice. 🙂
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