Whole Food Purees vs. Fruit Juices

Whole food puree:  To be considered a whole food puree, a product must include the “whole fruit”.  That means including the skin and pulp, and sometimes the seeds. By incorporating the whole fruit, all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, and antioxidants that reside in the fruit’s skin, pulp and seeds are included providing a super-concentrated puree.  A recommended serving is 1 to 2 ounces once or twice a day.

Fruit juices:  Many people believe that all fruit juices are healthy and provide the same benefits as fresh fruit. They believe they are getting full nutrition in a glass of juice. However, this is not true.  In squeezing the juice from the fruit, pulp is usually removed and discarded.  Often, as a result of processing, important vitamins and minerals are lost, and the food may become less healthy. Even things like fiber and water can be diminished through processing and refinement, making the food significantly less useful for the body. Many fruit juices contain a lot of sugar.  Did you know that grape juice contains 50% more sugar than Coca Cola? Some juice products such as Noni, Pomegranate and Acai typically contain as little as 1% juice blended with 99% water.  Because juice is not a concentrated nutritional product, suggested serving size is 8 ounces.

One reason to choose whole foods over their processed counterparts is nutritional intake. Another benefit whole foods offer over processed choices is the lack of added sugar and chemicals. Natural sugars are better for the body than processed sugars added back into foods. With a whole food puree, all of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients remain intact. Basically, it’s the healthy whole food, rather than the bits that remain after refinement and processing.

If you’re trying to eat healthier, relying on more whole foods is a great place to start.

ViaViente is a concentrated nutritional whole food puree that is rich in antioxidants and fiber and low in natural sugar and carbohydrates.  Every ounce is equivalent to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.

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