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I take Juice Plus which is fruits and vegetables in capsule form. It is 15 fruits and vegetables and two grains. Do you feel this is a good way to get a fair amount of fruits and vegetables in you system?

We often hear of dietary supplements that promise the nutritional equivalent of whole foods such as fruits and vegetables in a little pill.  The truth is …science is good, but not as good as Mother Nature!  There are over 300 varieties of fruits and vegetables, each of which has a different complement of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals (natural plant compounds, many of which are being studied for potential health benefits).  Each one provides a unique “fingerprint” of compounds that contributes to our overall better health.  Couple that with the fact that whole foods work synergistically with each other during digestion and absorption, perhaps even enhancing the effects of certain nutrients in combination with others, and you have a system that simply cannot be duplicated in a pill.

 If that hasn’t convinced you yet, consider one last thing…taste!  They haven’t invented a supplement pill yet that is as filling or tastes as good as, biting into a ripe, juicy peach…or sipping a refreshing frozen berry smoothie…or creating a mouthwatering salad of lettuce greens, canned beans, tomatoes and sprinkled with dried cranberries and a few nuts.  Bottom line…the wiser—and by far the tastier choice, is to get your fruits and vegetables in creative meals and snacks throughout the day.  Get tips and suggestions right here on our website,


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The Expert: Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, MS, RDN, is the President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health (PBH) Foundation. At PBH, she guides the Foundation’s efforts to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.
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