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Why you should do shots (of juice)

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By Wendy Schmid for

Stop by any horticultural hotspot (our vernacular for Juice Bar) and you’ll see as much swilling from diminutive plastic cups as you will from the standard size. Shots of juice, often called boosters or wellness shots, are always on the menu—at juice trucks that shill on the sidewalk in NY, hip setups from Santa Monica to West Hollywood in LA, and even at mainstream Jamba Juices, where the masses go for Big-Gulp-size smoothies.

So we’re wondering, what’s in it for us when we abbreviate a cold-pressed beverage down to its essence? And is a pure, concentrated shot better than a blended juice?

In a word, sometimes. A shot acts like a medicinal tonic—a potent dose of nutrients in a tiny cup. “Straight shots are great because they’re a pure and direct delivery of the benefits of the food without the added sugars that can be found in blended juices,” says integrative health specialist Dr. Frank Lipman, founder of Manhattan’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center. “When a juice is blended, it’s usually designed to be more palatable by adding in high quantities of sweet juice and that can become a problem because people end up really loading up on concentrated sugars, which can lead to weight gain.”

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