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Concerns about Mixing Fruits and Vegetables for Juicing

The idea of mixing fruit and vegetables has caused a lot of debate, but there are some things we must know, especially those related to juicing. 

Digestive Issues

Our stomach uses different enzymes for digesting both fruits and vegetables. When we eat fruit, we should eat it alone and on an empty stomach because it digests faster than other foods. When we cram lots of different fruits, veggies and other foods into your stomach, all of which take different a different amount of time to be digested it gets all mixed up and can cause gas and fermentation.

The same thing happens with juice and it can cause flatulence (Flatulence is passing gas from the digestive system out of the back passage. It's more commonly known as "passing wind", or "farting". Farting is often laughed about, but excessive flatulence can be embarrassing and make you feel uncomfortable around others). 

Fermentation may occur when food sits undigested in the stomach, which is caused by a lack of stomach acid. Other experts say that when juicing fruits together with vegetables, which include leafy greens, celery, cucumber, and nonstarchy vegetables, the fruits and vegetables get neutralized, balancing the stomach acid. 

Because juicing ( with juicer) separates out the fiber, thus allowing the body to easily assimilate the nutrients in the juice, mixing food types might not be a problem for most people.

So, we can, of course, and it's not the worst thing in the world, don't worry too much about it.

Need more fiber?

The Harvard School of Public Health recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories of food, daily. A green blended smoothie will supply you with 12 or more grams of fiber for a 16-ounce drink.

Blending (Juicing with blender) is the best way to combine and consume fruits and vegetables for keeping the fruit whole and not separating out the fiber, neutralizes the finished drink and aids in digestion. 

Blender lovers are proponents of chewing their drinks, and in doing so they get a sense of fullness while getting their daily amount of fiber. 

The main consideration for optimal digestion is not eating carbohydrates and protein foods together.

Combining Fruits

In most cases fruits can be consumed together. 

One exception is melons, which digest quickly. All melons can be eaten together one hour before or one hour after consuming other foods. It’s best if melons are consumed alone without other vegetables or fruits. 

Other exceptions might be combining acidic fruits, including oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, or pineapples, with fruits such as dates, raisins, figs, prunes, bananas, papaya, and grapes. These combinations may cause some fermentation and gassing. 

Fruits, including apricots, apples, blackberries, cherries, grapes, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears can be combined with acidic fruits as well as sweet fruits such as dates, raisin, figs, prunes, bananas, papayas, and grapes.

Combining Vegetables

In most cases, all vegetables can be consumed together, but for optimal digestion it’s best not to eat protein and starches together. Protein combines well with nonstarchy vegetables.

Nonstarchy vegetables include beet greens, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, chard, collards, cucumber, dandelion, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsley, radishes, spinach, sprouts, yellow squash, sweet peppers, swill chard, watercress, and zucchini.

Mildly starchy vegetables include beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, and peas.

Have you got enough? So what are you waiting for.