There are quite a few advantages for eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C are destroyed by heating. This means there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a raw carrot.
Juicing makes these foods more nutritious because the nutrients are more easily assimilated. Cooking and juicing also helps to break down tough fiber which helps make it easier to digest. This can be quite helpful for someone who is ill, elderly or has an impaired digestive system.
Research has indicated that we absorb approximately 3-4% of carotenoids from raw carrots and 15-20% from cooked carrots. Carotenoids are the plant pigments that give yellow, orange and red fruit and vegetables their color. They are powerful antioxidants that have a role in helping us fight off aging and even, cancer.
Juicing fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to combine the advantages of both raw and cooked. There are a lot of different juicers out there so it can be difficult to know which kind to buy.
What are the benefits of a juicer over just eating fresh fruit and vegetables?
Using fresh fruit and vegetable juices for both normal and therapeutic diets can be a great help for natural health, energy and well-being. The high mineral and nutrient content, as well as the vibrant taste of fresh vegetables and fruit will make having pure, fresh juice a delicious part of your diet. There is just no other way to consume the nutritional content of a pound of apples and carrots in a meal and then go on to eat a healthy breakfast.
Fresh juices are an invaluable supplement to any person’s diet. There are even life-saving therapies that depend almost entirely on the power of the nutritional content that is available in juices that can help the body fight off serious illness, even cancer. The concentrated goodness stimulates the body to fight off the negative, pathological cellular deterioration and helps to rebuild strength and good health.
What are the advantages of a juicer over bought juice?
By making your juices fresh from your own juicer will provide you with the live enzymes that are found in raw vegetables and fresh fruit. These raw food gives us more energy than eating cooked foods and juices that have been sitting on the shelf in a container at the supermarket for weeks or even months. The energy that comes from the freshly made juice is concentrated and you will start to feel it as soon as you drink it. It will clear your head and you will feel light and energetic.
What should you look for when buying a juicer?
If you are going to extract juice from fruits and vegetables, it will be necessary to break down the cell walls and fibers and then, separate out the juice. When you use a high quality juicer, it will deliver a nutrient-rich juice and leave a dry pulp that contains the cell walls and fibers. The two types of juicers are centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.
This tends to be a less expensive juicer and is more commonly found in department stores. It basically just grates the fruits and vegetables which ends up leaving strings of unbroken cells. The juice from the cells have been broken and then it is spun at very high speed (6,000 to 10,000 rpm). Because the juice is flung out, it mixes with the air and so it turns brown very quickly. The pulp will end up being wet since it has not extracted all the juice. This is not only more wasteful, but makes the juice paler because it contains more water, and it will be lower in nutrient value and may lose some of the flavor.
Masticating juicers will provide a richer, flavorful and nutritious juice. Although more expensive, it is really an investment in good health. They break up the fruit or vegetables and press out the juice from the resulting pulp inside a nose cone with a narrow opening. This is far more efficient than a centrifugal juicer and a good masticating juicer will extract up to five times more nutrients than centrifugal juicers. Since it also pushes out more juice, it is actually more economical in the long run.
Masticating juicers use a rugged cutter, usually spinning at 1425 rpm. This will juice quartered apples and whole carrots faster and easier.
Some masticating juicers are slower and use a single auger or twin gears that revolve at about 80 to 160 rpm which will gently crush smaller pieces of fruit and vegetables. These juicers are especially good when juicing tougher fibrous greens and wheat grass which is a powerful natural healing tonic.
It is also possible to juice wheat grass with a manual masticating juicer. A good one is pretty cheap and it’s like an old fashioned table-mounted grater that you turn with a handle. Many masticating juicers can also make delicious smoothies, nut butters, purees, pasta, baby foods and frozen fruit ice creams.
Although you may have to pay more for a good juicer, the quality of the juice produced and the durability of the juicer will far outweigh the cost when compared to the more inexpensive but far less efficient brands on the market.