Why Smoothies are Better Than Juicing

Smoothies Betters Than Juicing Breast Cancer Yoga BlogStudies such as a recent Harvard School of Public Health investigation found that the consumption of whole fruits is associated with a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas fruit juice consumption is associated with a higher risk, highlighting the dramatic difference between eating whole fruits and drinking fruit juice. Cholesterol serves as another example. If we eat apples, our cholesterol drops. On the other hand, if we drink apple juice, our cholesterol may actually go up a little. Leaving just a little of the fiber behind—as in cloudy apple juice—was found to add back in some of the benefit.

We used to think of fiber as just a bulking agent that helps with bowel regularity. We now know fiber is digestible by our gut bacteria, which make short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) out of it. SCFAs have a number of health promoting effects, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and increasing mineral absorption. For example, experimentally infused into the rectum of the human body, SCFAs can stimulate calcium absorption, so much so that we can improve the bone mineral density of teenagers just by giving them the fiber naturally found in foods like onions, asparagus, and bananas.

Our good bacteria also uses fiber to maintain normal bowel structure and function, preventing or alleviating diarrhea, stimulating colonic blood flow up to five-fold, and increasing fluid and electrolyte uptake. The major fuel for the cells that line our colon is butyrate, which our good bacteria make from fiber. We feed them, and they feed us right back.

If the only difference between fruit and fruit juice is fiber, why can’t the juice industry just add some fiber back to the juice? The reason is because we remove a lot more than fiber when we juice fruits and vegetables. We also lose all the nutrients that are bound to the fiber.

In the 1980’s, a study (highlighted in my video, Juicing Removes More Than Just Fiber) found a discrepancy in the amount of fiber in carob using two different methods. A gap of 21.5 percent was identified not as fiber but as nonextractable polyphenols, a class of phytonutrients thought to have an array of health-promoting effects. Some of the effects associated with the intake of dietary fiber in plants may actually be due to the presence of these polyphenols.

Nonextractable polyphenols, usually ignored, are the major part of dietary polyphenols. Most polyphenol phytonutrients in plants are stuck to the fiber. These so-called missing polyphenols make it down to our colon, are liberated by our friendly flora and can then get absorbed into our system. The phytonutrients in fruit and vegetable juice may just be the tip of the iceberg.

For those that like drinking their fruits and vegetables, these findings suggest that smoothies may be preferable. I can imagine people who eat really healthy thinking they get so much fiber from their regular diet that they need not concern themselves with the loss from juicing. But we may be losing more than we think.

Why are polyphenol phytonutrients important? See, for example, my video How to Slow Brain Aging by Two Years

Not that fiber isn’t important in its own right. Check out:

For more on smoothies, check out:

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United

Juicing Recipe: Lemon, Apple, Ginger & Carrot With Life Changing Benefits

lemon, carrot, ginger, apple juiceBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

JUICE THIS!  Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Carrot! What a beautiful combination! If you haven’t started juicing on a regular basis, you really are missing out on life’s simple & healthy pleasures. Pure juices are easier to digest than solid meals, which burn your energy & lack full nutrition absorption. Juices enter the blood stream within minutes and result in weight loss, immune system boosts, skin clearing & glow, better mood, more energy, dna / rna repair, and many other wonderful, life-changing benefits.



We suggest putting in the carrot first in order to get the most juice out of it. After the carrot, put in the ginger and lemon (with peel) followed by the green apples to “self-clean” the juicer.

As carrot and green apples also make up the main ingredients of this recipe, the juice is very cleansing, has some laxative effect which encourages bowel movements. This juice is potent and detoxifying, so it may cause dizziness to some people. When this happens, drink LOTS of alkaline water.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Juicing For Breast Cancer Prevention

Juicing for Breast Cancer PreventionBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Juicing Vegetables for Breast Cancer Protection
The vegan juicing diet as a complementary therapy for cancer offers lots of nutrition into the body, quickly. Loads of green veg rammed with antioxidants and enzymes help keep you healthy. If you want to assist your body to fight off infection and disease then juicing is a great way to do it. Try it, you’ll love it! You can always juice fruit too which is a little easier going, certainly to start with.


  • Beats
  • Beat Greens
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Ginger

Juicing In Moderation
If you do begin juicing, beware that there is such a thing as “too much juicing”. Risks of overuse of juicing include diarrhea and too much sugar consumption for diabetics. As in all things, it is important to do this in moderation. Juicing is best when paired with an overall healthy diet and should not be used in place of professional medical care.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.
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