Posted by: godswaytohealth | July 24, 2012

RAW JUICE VERSUS BOTTLED JUICE?

Fresh juice vs. store bought juice – which is better and why?  

Freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices are brimming with live enzymes and chlorophyll and once ingested deliver very quickly life-giving enzymes to the cells and bloodstream. Let’s take a look: 

Fresh Juices 

Freshly squeezed juices contain all the vitamins, minerals, fluids, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll (with no toxic additives) found in raw vegetables – thereby helping the body by:  

  • Assisting with digestion
  • Enriching Blood
  • Promoting growth and development
  • Protecting against oxidation
  • Providing energy
  • Renewing cells

Bottled, store-bought juices, on the other hand, have lost many of their life-giving enzymes, the nutritional properties have been largely compromised and they often contain added colorings and sugars.  

Processed Juices 

  • Acids from juices can leech metal from cans, causing canned juice to spoil.
  • Bottle juice is pasteurized and the nutrients are depleted.
  • Juices from fruit concentrates do not contain the whole fruits and they may be nothing more than sugar water — possibly made with chemicals in water from industrial sites.
  • Juices made from imported produce may carry traces of banned pesticides.
  • Shrink-wrapped juice cartons come under high heat that depletes enzymes in juice.
  • Wax and other chemicals found in juice containers can taint the juice.

What is the best way to consume juice? 

For maximum absorption, it is always best to consume freshly pressed juices on an empty stomach, however, fresh juice is a fantastic addition to your diet at any time of day – just always do your best to drink it on an empty stomach. Thirty minutes is enough time to wait after drinking your juice before eating your regular meal.   

Is fruit or vegetable juice better? 

Fruit, despite its benefits, contains natural sugars which yeasts thrives on. Stick to fresh vegetable juices as much as possible. A small amount of low sugar fruits like green apples, grapefruit, berries, lemons and limes would also be good options to flavor your vegetable juices. An inch of ginger, or carrots and beetroot, almost always add to the flavor and sweetness needed for bitter vegetable juices.

Fruit juices and smoothies are great but should be consumed in moderation. 

Are the juices from juice bars OK? 

Provided you stick to fresh vegetables and fruits only in your juices and no extras like whey, protein powders, yogurts, sugars, etc, juice bars can be a convenient option. It is always best to find an organic health foods cafe that makes fresh juices as the quality of their produce and the variety of fruit and vegetables they have available to juice will always be much better.

Benefits of Juices 

  • Drinking juice enables one to metabolize more of a vegetable’s nutrients than one would by eating.
  • Juice is a good alternative for people who lack appetite.
  • Juice is a great nutrient source for babies and children who otherwise may not want vegetables.
  • Juice is easy on the stomach.
  • People to busy to eat a meal with vegetables can obtain the nourishment of a salad by drinking fresh juice.
  • People with difficulty chewing can intake raw vegetables in juice form.

We always recommend juicing organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. If you add at least a glass of freshly squeezed vegetable juice (with a little fruit) to your diet everyday, you will be doing your body a lot of good. There are countless examples of people healing and rejuvenating with dramatic results just from including fresh juices in their daily diet.

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