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Juicing: How Healthy Is It ?

Calorie Count

As with any food, it’s important to consider calories and sugar content.

A medium piece of fruit has about 60 calories. A cup of vegetables has about 25 calories, and 3 cups of leafy greens have about 25 calories. Each 60-calorie serving of fruit equals about 4 ounces of juice. A typical juice is usually 12 to 16 ounces.

Those calories add up.

"You could be taking up to four fruits and now the calories start adding up. If you use vegetables to juice, the calories are a lot less. If they use mainly vegetables, add an apple or kiwi for flavor. Calories are a concern if it’s pure fruit juice," Villacorta says.

To make a juice more balanced with protein, some good sources are almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, or peanut butter.

Food Safety and Juicing

When juicing, follow these food safety guidelines: