Fat Soluable Vitamins and Juicing

by K Blanco
(Southern California)

Q I am relatively new to juicing. However in my previous research of nutrition in general, I found that it is important to always consume 'fats' with foods providing the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E, & K in order to absorb them properly.

I noticed that there aren't any fats in any of the juice recipes (at least those I read through)... Shouldn't people be adding soaked & low-heat dried almonds or nuts, coconut milk, coconut oil, flax seed oil, or other preferred fats to their juices?

Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

A Very good question. It’s important to remember that virtually all foods contain fat, even fruits and vegetables. Granted not in the dense forms we usually consider when talking about fat, but they contain the right ratio of fats that nature has given them. Romaine lettuce for example contains a fair amount of omega 3 fatty acids. So all foods contain the fats, and cofactors needed to assimilate the nutrient profile within that food.

Juicing is also a form of consuming foods that is very easy on the digestive system, which is what we want and one reason why juicing can be so good for us. Adding fats would slow that process down to some degree and may also affect the digestive process in a negative way. I have at times added some form of fat to a green smoothie, but never a juice.

The whole food meals of the day will contain some of the fats you mention above to help balance the diet and provide added nutrients.

Of course if someone has a compromised digestive system or condition that prevents them from properly digesting their food then that is a separate issue. These people may need to tailor their diet in a particular way, perhaps do a cleanse or fast, and perhaps supplement at least in the short term.

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