Q: Is it worth the cost to buy a juicer?
– Leslie from Eugene

A: Yes, if this will ensure you consume the 8 to 10 fruits and vegetables you need every day. No, if you already eat lots of produce or won’t use it regularly. Juice is another way to get your fruits and vegetables, not any better way. In fact, juice is not quite as good as just eating those carrots or that apple, since juice is low in fiber compared to the original thing. Ignore claims that juice contains essential enzymes or somehow captures compounds not found in eating produce in other ways. There’s no proof of that. Fresh juice is just one more way to get those nutrient-packed plants, as is salads, steaming or baking or grilling fresh or frozen produce, and just picking them right off the bush, tree, or plant. -Elizabeth Somer