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If I don't drink my freshly-blended juices right away will the nutrients be lost?

I have purchased a HealthMaster blender advertised by Montel Williams. I love it and am eating so much healthier. My question is: every morning I have been making a drink. I drink one right away, about a 16oz drink, and have one for later. Someone told me that if I didn't drink it all as soon as I made it the nutrients would be lost. Is this true, and if the 2nd one was not used that day but the next day would it still be healthy?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

NectarinesTo some extent this is true. From the moment vegetables and fruits are picked they begin losing vitamins. While the loss of nutrients after such juicing is difficult to quantify, it is best to make your juices and drink them fresh.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet