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Fruit is an essential part of any healthy diet. And for many of us, fruit juice had become the quick and convenient way to get our daily dose. But are we missing out by not eating fruit in its natural, raw form? Many fresh fruits contain more nutrients and fibre because pasteurisation of juices can destroy some vitamins and minerals. However, fruit juice can contain vitamins and nutrients as well. Sometimes vitamins and nutrients are even added. High in vitamin C, orange juice has many positive health benefits, and calcium is sometimes added too. Many fruits maintain their beneficial properties in juice form. Along with eating fresh fruit, drinking 10 perfect fruit juice does count toward your recommended seven-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables.

In the end any fruit is good fruit. But unless you know exactly which nutrients is added to your juice, go for the raw equivalent whenever you can.

Fibre Facts Metamucil Powder can be added to your morning juice for a fibre-filled start to your day.

*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.

** Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fibre from psyllium husk, as in Meta products, may lower cholesterol levels. Reductions in cholesterol levels may contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease. Consult a doctor if you are planning to take Meta products as part of a cholesterol lowering program.

^ Whorwell Clinical Trial, UK 2006. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jul;101(7):1581-90