What You Need to Know About Juicing

If you’ve been curious about the health craze of juicing, we’re here to help. The options can be overwhelming; between deciding what types of juices are best for you, where to get them or how to juice yourself, there is a lot of information out there without a lot of evidence. Juicing is a great way to make sure you are getting your full daily servings of fruits and vegetables in an easier and more pleasant want than cooking and incorporating them into your meals. For those that struggle with time and need an on-the-go option, Suja Juice offers USDA-certified organic, OU-certified kosher, non-GMO juices, smoothies and teas that are available nationwide in Whole Foods Markets. Evolution Fresh is another cold-pressed brand, with no processing or pasteurization, available in many Starbucks and Whole Foods.

What does cold-pressed exactly mean for your juice? Instead of using a typical, old-fashioned heating process, cold pressure is the process to preserve the fresh fruit juice by using High Pressure Processing (HPP), also known as Pascalization. First the fruit is crushed then squeezed. HPP eliminates bacteria while maintaining a higher yield of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

For a full juice cleanse, try New York-based BluePrintCleanse juices. Acclaimed by New York Magazine and Food + Wine Magazine, this nutrition plan substitutes your meals with six juices daily. There are three different programs: Renovation Cleanse, Foundation Cleanse and Excavation Cleanse, each reflecting a different level of juicing from beginners to raw foodists. Flavors range from spicy apple to coffee cashew.

For the budget-friendly, buying juices can get very expensive very quickly. With the trend at its high, now there are plenty of DIY options. You can opt to buy a juicer or a single blade blender to get started at home right away. Centrifugal juicers are the most popular; they spin at high speeds, grind down to eliminate the pulp and force the juice from the pulp straight into your cup. Try the Breville 200XL or Cuisinart CJE-1000.

Masticating juicers are also known as slow juicers, running at low speeds and taking a little longer to produce your juice. These machines have a single gear that crunches the fruit or veggie with little pulp and extracts the most juice, using little to no heat. If you already have a KitchenAid, simply add on the juicer attachment, or try the Omega J8006.

While juicing can be delicious and beneficial, it’s important to note that juicing is not a get-slim-quick scheme. It cannot replace a full day’s meal forever. Your body needs essential vitamins and minerals, such as omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon fish and whole grains. It’s best to see a physician before drastically changing your diet routine; for example, if you are diabetic, consult with your doctor before juicing due to levels of natural sugars.

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