Juicing 101

Juicing is a fun and easy way to help your family get all the nutrients they need to grow strong and stay healthy. This article outlines the various methods and benefits of juicing.

Juicing Explained

There exists a perception that “juicing” is all about green-coloured, bitter-tasting drinks. Not true. Today’s home juicer appliances can mix together almost any fruit or vegetable in the world. And the number of great-tasting juicer recipes grows every time another health benefit of juicing is discovered. At its core, juicing is widely recognized as an extremely efficient delivery system for the enzymes, minerals and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy. 

Juicing Methods

Centrifugal juicer appliances are the most popular and require little preparation to use: simply feed in your ingredients and your juicer separates the juice from the pulp. Other appliances use the cold press method — also called the masticating method — which presses ingredients instead of slicing them. The advantage here is the absence of spinning blades, which can heat up and eliminate some of the enzymes in your ingredients. You can also juice by hand, pressing halved citrus fruits onto a ridged tool and squeezing out the juice.  

Health Benefits of Juicing

Fruits and vegetables should be staples of any diet, but that doesn't mean we always have time to prepare and eat them. Juicing allows you to get important nutrients into your body's system in the most efficient way. Whether you're boosting your Vitamin C intake with citrus fruits or strengthening your bones with calcium-rich kale, juicing for health benefits is a great way to take care of yourself and your family. 

Juicing to Cleanse

A juicing cleanse is a short-term method some people use to detoxify their body. Proponents of this strategy suggest starting small with a 3-day cleanse, taking care to schedule it around eating-focused events like parties. However, it's always important to first check with your doctor before beginning any drastic diet changes. A simple benefit of a juicing cleanse is that you pay closer attention to your food and beverages choices.

Juicing to Diet

Completely revamping your health with a juicing diet requires some planning. You want a successful method for controlling weight, but you also want to introduce more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Success depends on broadening your selection of ingredients to more than sweet or citrus fruits: these contain a lot of sugars, which, while natural, can still be unhealthy in large amounts. Vegetables, especially dark greens, can help offset the sugar and sweetness in your drinks. As always, it’s important to check with your doctor before making any big changes to your diet.

Juice vs. Whole Fruit

While there is some debate on the issue, most agree that whole fruits have natural fibre in the pulp, which is removed in most juicing appliances. Extracted juice is easier for your body to digest, meaning you get the valuable nutrients in the easiest way. The combination of both options is a great way to make sure you get all the benefits of fresh juice — such as boosting your immune system — while aiding digestion with the natural fibre.

Juice Pulp Ideas

Your juicer separates the juice from the fiber, or pulp. Many people just throw this away, but there are some nutrients present, and no shortage of ways to put them to good use. These include mixing the pulp into fruit salad or using it as garnish for a regular salad. Juice pulp can also add great flavor to broths, soups and stews.
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