I’m sitting here drinking a freshly squeezed juice – kale from our garden, beetroot, lemon, celery and carrot. Many people are aware of the health benefits of juicing; there are thousands of books and articles on the topic. What many people don’t know is the importance of selecting the right juicer.
For years I used juicers purchased from department stores, the boxes listing all the wonderful benefits of their product. Only in the past year have I learned that these destroy much of the nutrients, vitamins and living enzymes I thought I was getting.
Any high-speed juicer creates friction heat which destroys vital nutrients. This is because essential enzymes in fruit and vegetable juice die at temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius. Conversely, cold-press juicers maximise nutritional quality, as well as extract a greater amount of juice than regular machines, because they crush and squeeze the juice out rather than rapidly chopping and grinding. Cold-press juicers can also easily process sprouts, grasses, nuts and legumes.
I love drinking freshly squeezed juice, I can almost feel it doing me good! I tend to juice mostly vegetables, preferring to eat my fruit. It is easy to consume too much concentrated sugar by juicing fruit.
Here is a short video of my 19 month old son helping make juice using our cold-pressed juicer.