A lot goes into a glass of delicious fresh juice—and we’re not just talking about the produce. Even after you have your juicer and a kitchen full of your favorite fruits and veggies, you’ll need to decide which ingredients will work best for your juice. While it’s fun to experiment, many people have questions about how they should go about it. One of those questions concerns whether you can combine fruits and vegetables in a single recipe. There are a lot of different opinions out there, so we’ve gathered the most pertinent information here. Juice with success with our rundown of what to know about mixing fruits and vegetables in juicing.

Fruits and Veggies Do Different Things

While both fruits and veggies have nutritional value, they offer different benefits. Fruits help cleanse and detox the system, and their natural sugars are great for a healthy boost of energy. Many fresh fruits are also rich in antioxidants, making them perfect for improving your immune system.

Vegetables, on the other hand, help build up the body with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables are also helpful in lowering blood pressure, preventing some health conditions like eye problems and some cancers, and keeping your appetite in check.

To get the most out of these unique nutritional benefits, you want to separate your fruits and vegetables. The same is true whether you’re drinking juice and when eating solid produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables work better for your body when you eat them on their own.

We Digest Produce Differently

Part of what you need to know about mixing fruits and vegetables in juicing is its effect on your digestive system. Your stomach uses different enzymes to break up fruits and vegetables. Generally speaking, the body digests fruits and absorbs their nutrients much faster than vegetables and other foods. Eating—or drinking—different food groups together mixes up and slows down the digestive system, resulting in less efficient digestion and fewer nutritional benefits.

When Can You Mix Fruits and Vegetables?

Of course, how you enjoy your fresh juice is up to you and what you want. If you’re looking for sheer nutritional value, it’s best to drink all-fruit or all-vegetable juice. If you use juicing as a way to consume vegetables you don’t like as much, you might want to mix in a little bit of fruit for a sweeter, more enjoyable flavor. Alternatively, you can put some vegetables into your fruit juice for a little extra nutritional value.

Some fruits and vegetables are exceptions to the no-mixing rule and work great in nearly all juice recipes. Apples add a sweet touch to vegetable juice without taking away any nutrients. Meanwhile, carrots are a popular ingredient in a plethora of fruit juice recipes.

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