Juicing helps you get all the vital nutrients that you would otherwise have missed out. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients. But we all know that, don’t we? The hard part lies in consuming them regularly and in the right proportions. It is for this reason that using a juicer has become such an easier option. So while they do not actually provide more nutrition than if you were to eat whole fruits and vegetables, they certainly retain most nutrients. At times juicing actually takes away a few nutrients in the process; mainly fibers. So, here’s how you could retain the nutrients of fruits and vegetables while you juice them.
Use a masticating juicer
A masticating juicer relies on slow compression to squeeze out the juice from your fruits and veggies. A centrifugal juicer, on the other hand, relies on brute force and speed to separate the juice from the pulp. This action often produces heat and infuses oxygen into the process which usually removes a lot of nutrients and enzymes present.
A masticating juicer also extracts more juice than its centrifugal counterpart. Though a masticating juicer is more expensive than a centrifugal one, it would add a lot of value to your diet and is certainly worth the money.
Use a blender, perhaps?
This is a slightly debatable option. Not because there are any question marks about the efficiency of this alternative (no, that’s not debated anywhere) but because using a blender would mean that what you get as the end product is a smoothie and not a juice. However, they aren’t as different as chalk and cheese either!
Blending the fruits and vegetables has one major perk – you don’t lose the fibers that you would if you were to juice them. You get to use the whole fruit or vegetable, including its skin which is generally very nutritious, and hence enjoy a superior quality drink.
Drink it fresh
While you may be tempted to make a large portion of juice early in the morning and store it in a container for day-long use, it turns out it’s not such a good idea if you are particular about maintaining its nutritive quality. Juice should ideally be consumed fresh, roughly within 15-20 minutes after it’s made.
After that crucial time elapses, light and air play their part and destroy some key nutrients. Not to forget the antioxidants too would lose their much vaunted potency.
These 3 ideas should help you retain the nutritive quality of your juice. Yeah, thank us later!