Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Beracha on Fruit and Vegetable Juice

The Beracha on Fruit and Vegetable Juice
Day: Thursday
Date: December 31, 2015
Parshat: Shemot
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 202

On the juice of any fruit or vegetable, other than olives and grapes, the proper beracha is shehakol. This is true regardless of whether the fruit was squeezed to extract the juice or even if the whole thing was pulverized and turned into liquid, as is done with carrots. Likewise, it is true whether the fruit was intentionally squeezed or even if the juice oozed out on its own. Even though there may be some potential benefit, no beracha is said by a person who person drinks olive oil, since it is harmful to his health. On the flip side, a person who enjoys what he is eating must say a beracha even though what he is eating may be unhealthy. On wine and grape juice of course, the beracha is hagefen.

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