Summer color Juice Plus may be touted as the “next best thing to fruits and vegetables,” but don’t be fooled. Dehydrating produce shrinks it by about 90%, but it still would take 15 capsules to supply the equivalent of a half cup serving of broccoli, while Juice Plus recommends 4 capsules a day. Hmmm, that’s about as much broccoli as you’d get in a small sprig. And, remember…you need 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. That’s 15 capsules times 10. YIKES! Yes, the company adds some extra vitamin C, beta carotene, and other nutrients to make up the difference, but you’ll still be missing out on the fiber and 100s of 1,000s of health-enhancing phytochemicals identified so far in produce., not to mention the cost to your pocketbook. There is no short cut when it comes to vegetables. Just bite the bullet and make a pack with yourself to include at least 2 servings of real fruits and vegetables at every meal and at least 1 at every snack. Period.   Photo credit: Silke Gerstenkorn via Compfight