(quote) Meg-920823 said: My doctor told me that the stomach does not break down the food as thoroughly as a juicer and so by juicing, we receive more of the nutrition. I have a Vitamix though, so of the pulp taste doesn't bother me, I am achieving the same benefits. Feedback?
I could only find one article that wasn't a book on juicing and it is from the Mayo clinic on the topic. Discussion of the topic is missing from pretty much all research journals.
Absorption of nutrients is problematic, especially in our day and time when our microbiomes are not what they used to be. Different components of our intestinal and gut biomes allow the extraction of nutrients for human use, that the human alone cannot process.
A good pro-biotic (which has its own problems like how many live bacteria actually reach the area in the GI tract where they can do their job) hard to measure, but not without merit, is probably more effective for increasing the absorption or usability of different nutrients. Lots of anthropological literature has been devoted to testing what methods of cooking or processing renders the greatest caloric capture of different food stuffs. But, nothing on juicing.
One of the things proponents of juicing suggest is that by removing the bulk fiber consumed by eating the actual fruit and vegetables, absorption is enhanced and swifter. But, removing the fiber also removes the effects of fiber on our digestive systems which is pretty much completely beneficial -- removes excess cholesterol/fats, cleans the sides of the intestines, creates regular stools, helps stabilize blood sugar levels, etc, etc.www.webmd.comwww.mayoclinic.org