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Juicing can play role in healthy diet

(Cherry Hill, N.J., Courier-Post) The practice of juicing -- the kind that involves fresh fruits and veggies, not illegal steroids -- often shows up a lot in celebrity diets, health detox programs and organic lifestyles. And to be sure, there are positives to be had…
Yet, there are negatives to juicing, too, and juicing at the expense of eating real meals must be approached with caution and common sense…
April Schetler, registered dietician at Virtua Health & Wellness Center, points out that juicing eliminates much of the fiber that fresh fruits and vegetables carry. However, juicing does provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fruits and veggies. It also hydrates.
"Juicing can be a great addition to a health diet when used in moderation, Schetler said by email. "Instead of reaching for a soda to beat the afternoon slump, a glass of freshly squeezed juice may be a better pick-me-up."
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