We all know that homemade juice is by far better and healthier than the sugar laden stuff we buy in the supermarkets. However, have you ever wondered how much nutrition you actually get in your glass when trying to juice your favourite fruit or vegetables? It is now widely accepted that the juicer you pick will have a significant impact on making your veggie and fruit concoctions even more (or less) nutritious. The secret is in the way your juicer handles the produce.
How do you extract juice?
Traditional juicers (you may hear them referred to as centrifugal juicers, too) tear apart produce with the use of blades that spin fast. Those blades spin against a mesh filter and extract the juice with the help of centrifugal force. The pulp is separated from the juice and you get your juice. However, the process not only exposes the produce you have put in the juicer to oxygen, but also adds heat through the force of pushing your ingredients through the mesh basket. Both oxygen and heat destroy the enzymes found in the vegetables and fruit you are juicing and reduce the overall amount of nutrients that are absorbed into your body.
Cold pressed or masticating juicers, on the other hand, are machines that crush and then press produce to ensure the highest juice yield. In short, they press and grind veggies and fruit to extract juice without adding any heat, hence the name…Cold Pressed. An added bonus is that cold pressed juicers extract more juice than other juicers, which means you save money on produce and are more efficient when processing leafy greens too, meaning they extract more juice from greens.
Benefits of Drinking Cold-Pressed Juices
Cold-pressed juice is more nutritious because:
An independent study conducted by the Australian consumer authority, namely Choice, in 2007, revealed that cold pressed juice has about twice as much calcium compared to the juice extracted by centrifugal juicers. A sample of carrot juice per juicer type available on the market at that time was lab tested with results showing that the cold pressed carrot juice had almost double the alpha and beta carotene levels compared to all other samples.
I hope this gives you an insight as to why here at The Organic Juicery we believe that cold pressed juicing is by far the most nutritious means of extracting juice from your fruits and vegetables… And let’s not forget.. Cold pressed juice is much tastier too!!