introduction to juicing

An Introduction to Juicing

“Drinking Your Veggies & Fruits”

Juicing found its way into almost every household by the end of the 1970’s.

fruit juice stand

The trend of being able to “drink your health” into a new era caught on and is still increasingly prevalent today.

Many “juicers” use juicing a means of alternative medicine because of the added health and medical benefits.

Society’s hectic lifestyle is always keen on something as long as it is quick and easy. If it’s quicker to drink your fruits and veggies than having to sit down and consume it, then by golly, it’s a good thing!

Juicing 

[joosing]

Noun or Verb as to “Be”

1. the natural fluid, fluid content, or liquid part that can be extracted from a plant or one of its parts, especially of a fruit

Juicing Down Through History

Juicing dates as far back as 150 B.C. as indicated in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The scrolls revealed that man’s first attempt to “juice” resulted in a mash of pomegranates and figs which was believed to have healing benefits.

opened pomegranate fruit

Juicing has continued down through history being perfected and supplemented with various herbs and is widely used as a target agent for specific health conditions.

In the 1930’s Dr. Norman Walker invented the first machine that extracted juices from fruits and vegetables.

 

Juicing Methods

Juicing has been manipulated through a variety of methods through the ages.

  • Barrel-shaped press
  • Hand-operated grinders and upside-down cones
  • Electric (which is what is used today)

Means and Methods of Modern-Day Extraction

Masticating

(aka cold-pressed)

Centrifugal(aka high-speed)

Triturating (aka twin-gear)

Hydraulic Press

Mechanism

Single gear

Mechanism

Spinning blade

Mechanism

Two gears

Mechanism

Vortex triturato

Speed

Slow

Speed

Fast

Speed

Slow

Speed

Slow

Means of Juicing

Kneads and grinds

Means of Juicing

Grinds

Means of Juicing

Grinds

Means of Juicing

Grinds

Means of Juicing

Grinds

Pulp is discarded into separate receptacle


Pulp in discarded into separate receptacle

Why do people “Juice?”

The overall added benefit of being able to consume both veggies and fruits in an easy drinkable form provides a much easier way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables as opposed to eating the bulky pulp and all.

fruits to keep you healthy

Although juicing does not have the insoluble fiber, it does contain soluble fiber as well as vitamins, minerals and the chemicals in plant matter (phytonutrients) that are extremely beneficial in any diet.

Benefits of Juicing

  • Reduces risk of cancer
  • Boost immune system
  • Removes toxins from the body
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Lowers risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Provides vitamins, minerals, plant chemicals, and micronutrients

Juicing vs. Blending

When it comes down to juicing or blending, it’s basically a personal preference.

JUICING

BLENDING

Extracts juice from veggies and fruits.

Blends the whole fruit and veggie.

Pulp: NO

Pulp: YES

Soluble Fiber: YES

Soluble Fiber: YES

Insoluble Fiber: NO

Insoluble Fiber: YES

Consistency: Thin / Liquid

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Soluble Fiber

This fiber forms as a gel in the intestines absorbing water which helps to slow down the movement of food through the digestive system. Soluble fiber has pre-biotic benefits in helping to support the healthy bacteria in your belly.

Whether you juice of blend, soluble fiber is still present in the drink.

Insoluble Fiber

This fiber is the bulky matter that causes you to feel full and helps to keep your bowel movements regular. Your body does not absorb much of this fiber and is expelled through stool.

girl drinking fruit juice

Insoluble fiber is present in blended drinks; however, it is not in juiced drinks.

Are smoothies the same thing as juicing?

No. Juicing and smoothies are different.

The Differences Between Smoothies and Juicing

Smoothies

  • Made by using a blender to blend fruits and vegetables.
  • Contains pulp, soluble and insoluble fiber.
  • Bulky consistency.

Juicing

  • Made by using an extractor that spins or squeezes the juice from fruits and vegetables.
  • Contains soluble fiber.
  • Does not contain pulp or insoluble fiber.
  • Thin / Watery consistency.

Our Final Thoughts

Juicing is a super vehicle to have your veggies and fruits all in one power-packed drink!

Join us as we continue on with our series on “Juicing” as we unpack and break down everything there is to know about it.

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